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HM (Hospital Corps) A School in San Antonio


HM (Hospital Corps) A School in San Antonio

Sailors becoming Hospital Corpsmen at A School in San Antonio, TX - proud families, friends and loved ones, join in!  The Hospital Corps is the Navy's only enlisted corps, the most decorated, and the best rate in the Navy.

Group co-Admins Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom, Britt<3CorpsmanWife and Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife. 

WELCOME to the party and the roller coaster!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 915
Latest Activity: 12 hours ago

Families and loved ones of sailors in A School for HM (Hospital Corpsman rating)

at Medical Education Training Command in San Antonio, TX.

NEW MEMBERS, PLEASE 1) INTRODUCE yourself in the Comments section!


Answers to many of your questions are there,

and ALL the info is relevant to your sailor's future HM experience.

Start with these...

Navy Medicine Almanac 2014: Hospital Corps pp. 34 - 35

Navy Medicine Almanac 2013

About the HM Rate,  HM Rating Card/navy.miland 

Overview from

PROGRAM DURATION:  The actual time that a Sailor physically spends at the HM school in Fort Sam Houston, TX is 96 days.  The Sailor is in the seat, learning, Mondays through Fridays for 70 actual instructional days.  The course covers emergency medical technician training, nursing skills, knowledge specific to the Navy Hospital Corps, and clinicals.

Program Overview:  METC/Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program

Read this for an explanation of Hospital Corps School Phases and Liberty

There is a graduation ceremony - smaller than PIR, but very special - and families and loved ones are invited to attend.   Photos and schedules are posted on the Basic Medical Technician Program page on Facebook, link is below.

Link to Directions to Ft Sam Houston/Walters Gate/Anderson Hall. 

Please read and use the METC info.  Your best bet for some questions may be to call the quarterdeck or campus support center at METC.  Before posting a Discussion with a question, please ask it in the Comments section, and look through the Discussions - you may find what you need, plus a lot more.  This is a good one: Info for those new (or not so new) to Hospital Corps A School.

Link to Navy Medicine Training Support Center, San Antonio, TX -  see tabs "Visitor Info" and "Student Life."

Check out the METC Online website for Medical Education Training Campus at San Antonio.  The site has a live-chat function.  Campus Support Center phone number:  210-808-6382 (210-808-METC).  Click here for the METC brochure and a brief overview.  

This METC Program Catalog 2012 includes course descriptions for Basic Medical Technician/Corpsman A school (page 10) and C schools (see Index).

METC on Facebook:  Medical Education Training Campus on Facebook

GRADUATION SCHEDULES AND UPDATES are posted on here: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program on Facebook along with class photos and other info. groups include Corpsman Moms & Dads, Corpsman MomsCorpsman Wives, GFs, Moms, and FMF Corpsman Moms

Read this to find out What the heck is Field Medical Training Battalion (FMTB)?

Field Medical Training Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, NC official website  then -> Students -> Welcome -> FMST

and Camp Lejeune Moms on N4M

(Females go to FMTB-East only; otherwise, it's up to the needs of the Navy as to which location a Corpsman is sent to.)

FMTB West Camp Pendleton CA official site & Camp Pendleton Moms on N4M

Corpsmen serve in a variety of settings including hospitals and clinics and on ships (called "blueside"), and with forward-deployed Marine units (called "greenside" or Fleet Marine Force (FMF) and where one can earn the FMF qualification.

Hospital Corpsman Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs) - There are 38 - thirty-eight! - specialties within the HM rating, from Search & Rescue (8401) to Dental Lab Tech/Maxillofacial (8765).  Here is a list of HM NECs and C school locations.

Rating/Rate in ascending order

HR:  Hospitalman Recruit (E-1); HA:  Hospitalman Apprentice (E-2); HN:  Hospitalman (E-3); HM3:  Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (E-4);  HM2:  Hosp. Corpsman 2nd Class (E-5); HM1:  Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (E-6); HMC:  Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-7); HMCS:  Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-8); HMCM: Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-9).   

How to read a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) (your sailor accesses his/her LES by logging in at     

IMPORTANT:  Read and follow these Operational Security (OPSEC) guidelines.  N4M is an open website that can be read by non-members; and not all members are necessarily what they seem.  Be smart and keep yourself and all our sailors safe.  Keep YOUR safety in mind too.   It's human nature to trust and want to share, but don't provide personal information to others.  Great and lasting friendships are made on, but use common sense and caution before proceeding. Online chat safety tips

Bookmark this for the future!  Navy Credentialing Opportunites Online (Navy COOL) for HM

METC brochure, click to enlarge:

Cool video from Navy Medicine - We love our corpsmen!!

Discussion Forum

Graduation pictures

Started by ProudNavyMom on Monday. 0 Replies

Hi everyone,Will there be pictures posted of the graduation of class 230 today? I thought I would see them on FB but the pictures they posted didn't look right and I couldn't find my son in them. Any info or links are appreciated. Thank you in…Continue

Fare Sale Today Only 12/5/14 on Frontier

Started by cprmom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Dec 5. 2 Replies

I just got an email and checked it out and Frontier airlines is having a special sale today only (for travel between tomorrow and Dec 18). From Phx to Chicago it is 49.00 each way.  They have different specials to/from different cities.  I know most…Continue

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Corpsman NECs and C school locations (list)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Dec 5. 16 Replies

After completion of A school, corpsmen may go directly to Fleet, or to medical treatment facilities (hospitals or clinics), or to Field Medical Training Battalion for eight weeks of additional training with Marines; or to C School.Within the HM…Continue

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS by corpsman moms for the San Antonio area & MAP of Ft. Sam Houston

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Sep 29. 17 Replies

Headed to San Antonio for a visit or to graduation?  I've compiled these recommendations from moms' postings; click the pdf link to open!pdf:  …Continue

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Comment by louielou 12 hours ago

I agree DramaSoul I absolutely enjoyed the Corpsman graduation. Yes it is smaller and more intimate which was nice to be able to get up close and take pictures. And being able to visit with my son was the best. His was on a Monday as well and we flew in Friday and had the whole weekend with him, he did have to be back early Sunday to be ready for Monday however. After graduation there is alot of waiting and running around as they all have to clean out their rooms, even if they are staying for C School. They will have a "de-briefing" before this as well. We had to wait almost two hours for my son, but when they were all finished we took him and some of his friends out to dinner at the Riverwalk.

Comment by DramaSoul 15 hours ago

I enjoyed the A school graduation at Ft.Sam.  It was in July 2012 and in the morning. It's true that my son spent most of the day packing to leave after his graduation as he was coming home on leave for 14 days before he reported to FMTB West.  His graduation was on a Monday so I flew in early Saturday morning to have the weekend with him.  We flew out on the day after graduation on different airlines arriving in Portland Oregon within 30 minutes of each other. It is more chill for sure but glad I got to see it and spend what time I had with him. I had a chance to meet some of his favorite instructors and his friends before the graduation. I have been fortunate to be at all three of his graduations (RTC, A school, FMTB) and each was very special. There is NOTHING like PIR and when those doors roll open but when the newly-minted Corpsmen were taking the Oath, I was glad I had a box of tissues with me. Just my 2 cents!

Comment by Michelle 17 hours ago
They can change it on you with no warning that day that is what happen to us half of my family missed most of it . My advice is to be there before 12. My son's shipmate is graduating Thursday and it's suppose to be at 12
Comment by Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife 17 hours ago
Sometimes it starts at 12 or 1 but it is scheduled for 2pm. It is very chill not like basic training graduation. It'll be in Anderson Hall. I commented on this question below if you want more information.

Congrats on the grad for your sailor.
Comment by Sonia 18 hours ago
Hi ! Curious to know if anyone will be at the METC graduation on Thursday, the 18th ? I need info please ! Like when does it start.. And how fancy should I dress ?
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom 20 hours ago

I am so very sorry to hear of your experiences.  My son graduated A School when it was in Great Lakes, IL (it moved to TX in 2011) and it was one of the most special and moving ceremonies I've ever experienced.  What a shame that this has changed.  I hope you will post your comments on this Facebook page, perhaps it will help address the issue for future corpsmen and their loved ones:  BMTCP on Facebook

Comment by Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife yesterday
MommaBB you might want extended suites or anything with suits near Live Oak or off the 281
Comment by Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife yesterday
It's nothing like their boot camp one at all. When my husband graduated I spent like 10 minutes with him and came back later to pick him up for a few hours. I understand why and you just need to see that they need to be packed and ready to move either to Jaenke hall or leave to their first duty station by the next day. Unfortunately that's how the Navy is, all about the sailors not about the family often times :/
Comment by Michelle yesterday
I went to my son's graduation yesterday. I was very disappointed. I spent only couple minutes with him afterwards because it was suppose to be at 1 and they moved it to 12. They decided to wait 15 minutes for us .My other family that drove down missed most of it . It was very upsetting and they had no consideration for family . Not a very family friendly event . Similar situation happen to another Navy mom the week before that
Comment by Betsy yesterday

MommaBB, I'd try airbnb and vrbo websites.


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