One of the more interesting enlisted specialties is the US Army Veterinary and Food inspection specialist. It is a job that requires inspection of the materials and food consumed by human soldiers, and also the veterinary food supply for animals used in US Military Service. As a member of the Food Inspection and Veterinary Service team, you will inspect food materials that are designed to be eaten by humans, and also inspect facilities and food for veterinary service activities. You will spend time both in the field and in the classroom, learning about protection and safety of the food supply
The job skills that you learn as a Food Inspection and Veterinary specialist will allow you to find civilian employment in the FDA, the Department of Agriculture, or other Federal Departments dealing with food safety and inspection. Training for an Army Food Inspection and Veterinary Services specialist begins after nine weeks of US Army Basic Combat training. As you advance in Food Inspection and Veterinary Specialist program you will be required to train, supervise and assist soldiers more junior in the same career field. Some of the skills that you will learn include: inspection of Red meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, vegetables, fresh fruit, and water foods. If you have an interest in food safety, mathematics, biology and chemistry, or have experience in the food services or health industry this may be a good choice of job field for you. You will learn how to deal with unsafe and unsanitary food preparation situations, and how to inspect mission and operations rations, such as Heat and Serve, and meals ready to eat. After boot camp you will progress to individual advanced training, where you will spend an additional nine weeks learning various food inspection methods. At advanced levels of Food Inspection and Veterinary specialist you will be responsible for the inspection and approval of larger military food preparation and dining facilities. Depending on what area you specialize in you will be able to find a good civilian job as a quality assurance inspector, safety inspector, or other food or vegetable type inspector. Some of your duties as a Food inspection Veterinary Services Specialist will include assisting in food inspection for human beings, conducting sanitary inspections in commercial and military food processing.
You will work to determine the safety and efficacy of military food preparation facilities, conducting quality assurance and subsistence inspections in various food handling operations, and collecting, transmitting and preparing samples for the laboratory for food testing.