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    Oz Navy- Can you believe this??

    I'm gobsmacked :-


    Submarine chefs on gourmet salaries

    THE highest-paid non-officer in the military is not an elite SAS Sergeant fluent in three languages taking out Taliban bombmakers in Afghanistan, but rather a Leading Seaman cook on a Navy submarine.

    A senior sub-sea chef with more than six years of experience under his belt earns up to $200,000 a year, the same money as a junior Admiral. The cooks receive base pay of just $58,806 a year, but when all the submarine and critical-trades allowances are added up, the figure jumps to almost $200,000.

    Such is the reluctance of qualified cooks to live and work in a steel pressure-tube deep under the sea and prepare three hearty "comfort" meals a day for up to 58 people, that even $4000 a week can't attract enough starters. Submarine cooks are employed in a category known as "individuals critical to the navy" and attract a bonus of $50,000 a year just for turning up.

    An experienced cook also gets a capability bonus of $40,000 a year, a seagoing allowance of $22,254 and a submarine service allowance of $26,703.


    AdelaideNow... Submarine chefs on gourmet salaries

    A 'Junior Admiral' - well that means Rear Admiral, or maybe ('cus the Press are such ignoramuses) even a Commodore. To get there, that means at least 25 years of winding your way up through the Ranks, unless theres a nice bloody war- but first, you've got to get into the Naval College, which is highly competitive. Then, you've gotta pass. Then you've gotta put up with a lotta bullshit, which you certainly have to do as a junior Officer (and rightly so). And if you ain't seen as Flag material, they'll retire you out at Commander or Captain- the so called notional retirement age.

    Seems a whole lot simpler to do the six month Sailors course doesn't it (and they're begging for people), and be earning the same as a 'junior Admiral' after six years or so. Not like the bastards can cook anyway.

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    But with the exchange rates and that, doesn't that salary work out to around 15 quid a week

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    Possum burgers anyone?

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    A senior sub-sea chef with more than six years of experience under his belt earns up to $200,000 a year, the same money as a junior Admiral.
    Dang. Sounds like good eatin'

    How else would you get a chef to work on a sub with no wymin, booze, or anything?

    Still, that's a high salaries in Oz dollars.

    Daddy, can I go to culinary school?

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    Submarine sandwiches it can't be that diffiicult can it?

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    ^ Love it.

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    are they allowed to drink sub zero?

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    TV dinners and a microwave. Sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith
    TV dinners
    Banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    are they allowed to drink sub zero?
    nope.

    but that sounds pretty good, a mate of mine worked on the Aussie Subs. he loved it, but you can be three months out, under water the whole time.

    share a bed, cos only one bloke needs to sleep in it at the same time, the other is on duty.

    everyone gets a fair bit wiffy due to lack of showers and stuff. and i dont think internet works underwater....

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    Yeah, I live in a submarine town and took a tour of a nuke sub. Know people that were subbers. Interesting. Very small, confined quarters.

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    After the Falklands War I had a meal on board a UK nuclear attack submarine I found the food to be excellent better than onshore the chef on board who cooked the meal for us had been trained at some top hotel in London I think it was the Tower Hotel.
    But the food was absolutely top drawer and it was better than the rations available to us in Port Stanley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    you can be three months out, under water the whole time.
    Hence the priority on good food. Navies worldwide are by far the best feeders compared with other branches of the military. Long deployments at sea can be extremely boring. Great food is one of the key elements in keeping up morale. The cooks and their ability to "procure" special food stuffs is perhaps one of the most important jobs in the Navy. Back in the day was not unusual for me to sit down to a fine meal consisting of steak and lobster.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    don't see why it's that outrageous, meals are very important and because of the hard conditions, make sense for everyone

    I can only hope there is more than money for an Admiral, hence the different needs of competence. Power and being part of Authority doesn't have a price.

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    Might be chaeper for the Aussie Navy to privately contract out - which seems to be overwhelmingly SOP in the U.S. armed services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    and a submarine service allowance of $26,703.
    This alone will see him bent over 58 times a day, so not really worth it in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    Might be chaeper for the Aussie Navy to privately contract out -
    the army already has, but bit of a problem for a contractor to stay underwater for a month and not know anything about submarine protocol I would think...

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    They could look in Sydney at Mardis gras time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber
    Where do I sign up?
    I think you actually have to be Australian, to join the Australian Defence Forces...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    I think you actually have to be Australian, to join the Australian Defence Forces...

    Yes, and beware their secret weapon....


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    You don't want the crew to get sick from your food that's for sure. Happy seamen makes a happy ship.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattanaburi
    Happy seamen makes a happy ship
    you sure you didn't mean healthy semen makes a happy ship ?

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    It's hard graft running a kitchen. Worse to be responsible for the whole operation.

    The money's justified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Timber
    Where do I sign up?
    I think you actually have to be Australian, to join the Australian Defence Forces...
    Nope:
    Non-Australian Citizens or Non-Permanent Residents

    If you are not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident and you have recent military experience, please refer to the individual Service information at the bottom of the page for entry options.



    The Australian Defence Force looks to overseas candidates to fill gaps in our Services that can't be timely satisfied by standard recruitment. We recognise that these candidates can bring skills and attributes to the Navy, Army and Air Force that will strengthen their overall operation and success rate.


    Overseas Applicants | Navy | Defence Jobs
    The Royal Australian Navy has limited vacancies for qualified and experienced current serving or ex-serving officers and sailors of Foreign Military Forces,

    Overseas Applicants | Army | Defence Jobs
    The Army has nominated a series of appointments and trades as occupations that are considered suitable for sponsorship. Occupations have been broadly grouped into Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) categories. The NCO category includes personnel of Warrant Officer rank. There are many jobs on offer including Civil Engineer Officer and Education Officer.

    Overseas Applicants | Air Force | Defence Jobs
    With effect Friday 13 March 2009, the Royal Australian Air Force has ceased recruiting for members from overseas for all specialisations and musterings.
    Many British, among others, soldiers, sailors etc... move from their to the Oz Defence Forces.

    Oh, and you can apply any time as a PR

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