Ashore Galleys: A Navy Business
CNA Corporation Alexandria United States
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Food service is a commercial activity. The provision of food service onthe premises of other organizations is big business. It is highly developed,worldwide, and fiercely competitive. Corporations, universities,hospitals, resorts, entertainment complexes, and other such enterprisesgenerally find it advantageous to use the services of outside providers.It is the long-standing policy of the federal government to rely on theprivate sector for needed commercial services. Nonetheless, the Navyis its own food service provider. It has almost 10,000 billets for messmanagement specialists and fills 95 percent of them. About fourtimes that number of peoplesome military, some government civilians,and some contract personnelfill other jobs in galleys afloatand ashore.Afloat galleys cannot be turned over to commercial firms. But ashoregalleys exist at almost all bases, and 38 percent of all MS-rated sailorsare ashore. Forty-six percent of all MS-rated sailors who are past theirfirst tours of duty are ashore.