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02-09-11, 06:09 PM #46
02-09-11, 06:20 PM #47
02-09-11, 09:06 PM #48
I suppose the civilian cook/server thing works. Always wondered why Marines
were doing kitchen/cook duty. Now that I think about it though..
Marine cooks were some tough ****ers. They were loyal, trustworthy, hardworking and would cover another Marines ass at the expense of his own.
I watched one cook kill a cat with a pot. The poor kitty wandered into the
kitchen looking for food...LOLOL
He had a zero tolerance policy for unsanitary conditions.
02-16-11, 05:48 PM #49
Well I never had a problem with the quantity of food given at the chow hall. We were encouraged to eat as much as needed. I did however have one experience of poor preparation, it came on a day when we had just returned from the field for a few days and were really looking forward to a hot meal. My squad and I went up to the chow hall and after getting our trays sat together at the same table, we were having roasted chicken (very sizable portions) and every single piece of chicken was way undercooked! No one wanted to eat it. Being the squad leader put me in the position of having to go to the NCO in charge of the line who was a corporal and show him the undercooked chicken and ask for something that wasn't bleeding. The CPL. was very polite and went to the SNCO in charge of the place who came out looked at the food then told me to shut up and eat HIS wonderfully prepared meal. At this I lost my cool and threw the chicken on the floor in front of him and unleashed a few choice words. He promptly kicked me out of HIS chow hall, so I left and taking a full tray of one of my squad members with me went to the Bn. Sgt. Majors office and respectfully submitted it for his inspection. Needless to say the Sgt.Major after thoroughly inspecting the tray marched me back to the chow hall and proceeded to inspect the chow line, then he called out the previously mentioned SNCO and chewed him out so hard I thought he was going to cry. I was greatly impressed with the Sgt. Majors concern over the quality of the food we were being served.
02-16-11, 06:05 PM #50
02-16-11, 06:10 PM #51
Just be glad 'soul food nite' is no more. Fridays had no food for us average 'white guys'.
02-16-11, 06:15 PM #52
02-16-11, 06:34 PM #53
I have always remembered Friday evening chow as being Fish Eaters Heaven.
02-16-11, 06:34 PM #54
It was to appease during the race wars of '70-'71. It stunk. Chiltins filled all the breathable air.
02-16-11, 07:11 PM #55
For most of my reserve year, I was an MP with my Lafayette, Louisiana unit. For the summer months off from college, I transferred to my Tampa, Florida Amtrac unit to work construction with my dad.
Since I could not drive or fix a tractor, they made me a cook. Great duty except for waking up at 3:00am to start cooking bacon. I even got a meritorious promotion to E-4.
02-16-11, 07:45 PM #56
I can't say that Marine Corps chow was bad at all. In fact, it was pretty darn good. I spent my fair share of time on mess duty and got in with the cooks as good as I could. There wasn't anyone better to know in the field than a cook. Like 06yz125 said, Cooks are tough and loyal and they could throw down with the best of them. Some of them were even a little crazy if you ask me but not a better bunch of guys to know and have your back. Back to the original post though. I know one of the reasons that you're limited as far as what you can get each time through the chow line is so the people cooking the chow can keep up. Take for instance, grilled cheese sandwiches, they are cooked on usually only one (maybe two but probably only one) grill with a limited amount of space so only a certain amount can be cooked at once. If they let everybody get 2 grilled cheese sandwiches when they went through the line the cooks wouldn't be able to keep up with the demand and they would run out. Marine Corps chow halls don't run out of a listed menu item. Ever. And if they do it's a pretty serious thing. At least when I was in it was. Put yourself in the shoes of the people tasked with preparing the food.
02-16-11, 07:47 PM #57
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02-16-11, 08:26 PM #60
Belly Robbers were always the best friends of Supply personnel.
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