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Nutrition Care Specialist

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Nutrition Care Specialist - 68M

  • Active/Reserve:Both
  • Officer/Enlisted:Enlisted
  • Restrictions:None


The Nutrition Care Specialist works with Registered Dietitians (RD) counseling patients individually and in group settings, plans special diets for patients according to nutritional requirements, and creates menus and prepares small quantity foods.

Job Duties

  • Performs basic dietetic functions in a hospital, clinic, or field environment
  • Provides nutritional treatment and basic level counseling to patients in nutrition clinics, health promotion and wellness clinics and classroom settings
  • Assists dietitians or superiors in food service supervision, planning, and production operations
  • Performs nutrition assessment screenings of individual patients for nutritional requirements and restrictions; provides recommendations on food item selection
  • Requirements

  • Not Applicable
  • Training

    Job training for a Nutrition Care Specialists currently requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training to include small quantity food preparation.Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Individual and classroom presentations
  • Assessment of a patient's dietary requirements and restrictions
  • Menu planning to include recipe modification for special diets
  • Basic food preparation, large and small quantities
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Helpful Skills

  • Interest in nutrition, health, biology, science, fitness, and chemistry
  • Ability to communicate effectively to individuals and small groups
  • Enjoy helping and caring for others

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • Operators & Food (OF): 95
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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