Yes, they are warriors too. They are required to conduct the same training that other warriors must complete such as weapons qualification, physical fitness tests and other basic Soldiering skills. They even prepare for boards –– not only Soldier of the Quarter or promotion boards but also Food Soldier Service/Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter boards.
Last month, Spc. Bishal Shakya, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, competed in and won the Food Service Soldier of the Quarter. He has been at Fort Polk for a little over a year and in the Army for three-and-a-half years. He joined the Army in Houston, Texas, attended basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Va. His first duty station was in Baumholder, Germany. He said the transition from extreme cold to the extreme heat of Fort Polk was a shocker for him, but he has adjusted.
In his spare time, Shakya enjoys running, music and playing the guitar –– he owns several guitars and has been playing for more than 14 years.
When asked what made him choose to join the Army, Shakya said it was the discipline and pride that came with being a Soldier that attracted him. He plans to be a lifelong warrior. He said that his tour at Fort Polk has been his first experience in his actual military occupational specialty because, prior to this, he was deployed to Afghanistan. He said that he is now, however, thoroughly enjoying the experience of being a food service specialist.