Takes a few weeks to get use to the change of pace, but once you fully commit its one of the best experiences you can have.
A typical work day as a cook began at 6 am and would normally end around 12pm(midnight). we would cook many different dishes, many different cultures influenced these dishes. We would cook about three meals a day. It was a buffet style of serving and was available for other sailors all day. The kitchen would close at certain times for cleaning and switching watches(shifts). Other than that it was open 24 hours of day. Its a non-stop fast paced job. You meet everyone by cooking for them, its a very social job. I had long days, but it was all worth it in the end.
Co-workers are what make the military such a fun worth while experience. you bond with these people to the point where your no longer just co-workers your brothers and sisters.
The hardest part of the job was being away from your loved ones. I had a daughter my second year in. It was very hard to be away from her as a baby, but its part of the job its what i signed up for.
The part i most enjoyed was traveling. I loved every part about it, the food, the people, the scenery.