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Entry from October 13, 2016
“The cook’s course is the hardest course in the army”

"The cook’s course is the hardest course in the army/navy,” it’s often joked. “No one has passed it yet.” The joke serves as an explanation of why military food is so bad.

The joke appears to have started in the United Kingdom and is seldom used in the United States. “Hardest course in the army - no-one’s ever passed it” was said about UK military cooks in July 2005. “Come on lads everyone knows the hardest course in the Armed Forces is to train as a Army Chef. Because NO ONE as ever passed it,” also referring to UK military cooks, was said in August 2005. “The in joke of the day was that the Royal Navy catering course was the hardest course in the Navy, as no bugger had passed it!!!” was published in a 2012 book.


Wikipedia: Army Catering Corps
The Army Catering Corps (ACC) was a corps of the British Army, responsible for the feeding of all Army units. It was formed in 1941 and amalgamated into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993.

Google Groups: uk.people.ex-forces
Disband the RAF
GDD
7/21/05
(...)
> Remember the old saying that Sailors (or Soldiers) are trained to kill,
> but the cooks are trained to kill twice.

Hardest course in the army - no-one’s ever passed it grin)

MilitaryForums.co.uk
Para PJFT is faster
harry73
Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 4:18 pm
Come on lads everyone knows the hardest course in the Armed Forces is to train as a Army Chef.

Because NO ONE as ever passed it LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  :-?

MilitaryForums.com.uk
Celebrity ex-Paras
harry73
Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:33 pm
The bloke who played Dennis from Auf Pet (cant remember his real name) was a Para.

I know he was’nt a Para but Dennis Neilson the Gay mass murderer was a Chef in the Army. (Army chef being the hardest course in the Army that is). Failing the course and working with Butchers knifes must of had an effect on him. He later became a Policeman after leaving the Army believe it or not.

SG Forums—Singapore Armed Forces
what will happen if one day SAF revert back to NSF cooks?
Short Ninja
26 Feb `07, 1:46PM
Originally posted by scabstermooch:
(...)
Oh, and the SAF might want to make the Cook’s course a little easier. Last I heard, the SAF cooking course is the hardest course in the army and no one has ever passed it!

Manxforums.com
[BBC News] Army chefs in coastal challenge
immortalpuppet
Posted 16 April 2007 - 11:47 AM
Army Chef: Hardest course in the army, no bastard has managed to pass it yet!

Great War Forum
The School of Cookery
woolly
Posted 21 September , 2008
It was - and still is - the hardest course in the Army. No one has passed it yet! wink

Google Books
Uniforms and Boats
By Davy Thompson
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2012
Pg. 66:
The in joke of the day was that the Royal Navy catering course was the hardest course in the Navy, as no bugger had passed it!!!

Twitter
roger weale LSGC
‏@r_weale
@KyleighHill navy chef hardest course in the navy no one has passed yet(tin helmet in place for flack)
1:34 PM - 15 Jul 2012

Twitter
Kulgan of Crydee
‏@KulganofCrydee Kulgan of Crydee Retweeted British Army
Chef is the hardest course in the Army. Nobody has passed it yet!  #Banter #SloppiesKulgan of Crydee added,
British Army @BritishArmy
Army Chefs have been taken out of their comfort zone in an adventure training expedition to the #LakeDistrict
4:40 AM - 5 Sep 2015

Twitter
Dave Jones
‏@milpol1
@SimonB1909 @COLRICHARDKEMP The Army Catering Corps is the hardest course in the Army, its banter...but they prepare fabulous meals.
5:26 AM - 4 Mar 2016

Twitter
wandering
‏@wandering_andy wandering Retweeted Royal Logistic Corps
Is it time for the old joke about the chefs course being the hardest course in the army?wandering added,
Royal Logistic Corps @RHQ_The_RLC
Amazing what can be produced from a ration pack ! #Exjointcatering
8:47 AM - 13 Oct 2016

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