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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 - families, friends and loved ones, join in!

Group co-Admins  Britt<3CorpsmanWife and Marcy~Corpsman Mom with Britt's HM 'mascot' :)  WELCOME TO THE PARTY - and the roller coaster!!

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 808
Latest Activity: 6 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...

U.S. Navy Medicine Almanac 2013: Hospital Corps

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.

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.


HR:  Hospitalman Recruit (E-1)                      HM1:  Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (E-6)               

HA:  Hospitalman Apprentice (E-2)                 HMC:  Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-7)             

HN:  Hospitalman (E-3)                                  HMCS:  Sr. Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-8)                

HM3:Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (E-4)        HMCM: Master Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-9)      

HM2: Hosp. Corpsman 2nd Class (E-5)  

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

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

METC brochure, click to enlarge:

Tissue Alert for all the proud corpsman moms and dads watching this video - We love our corpsmen!!

Discussion Forum

Son Graduating from Hospital Corpsman School in May

Started by B'sMom. Last reply by bikerbabe55 on Monday. 8 Replies

Looking to connect with any mom's of classmates of his in class 085.Continue

Trying to visit San Antonio in May

Started by jad0407. Last reply by TogaMom on Friday. 8 Replies

Hi, if anyone has information that could help me I would really appreciate it.  My boyfriend is at school in San Antonio right now at Fort Sam Houston and I'm trying to plan a visit for when I get out of school in May.  I have been looking at hotels…Continue

Phase 3?

Started by Thinton88. Last reply by carfruit Mar 21. 2 Replies

My husband's class reached phase 3 last weekend.  Now this weekend they're back at phase 2 because half of his class didn't go to PT this morning.  My question is how long does it take to reach phase 3 again?  I'm asking because I'm supposed to…Continue

Apartments close by Fort Sam Houston

Started by Cheyenne (Ship 13, Div 173). Last reply by Cheyenne (Ship 13, Div 173) Mar 20. 9 Replies

I'm looking for some where to live this coming May while my husband is in A school. I want some where close to base but I've heard that there are some areas in San Antonio that are sketchy. I also need a place that could furnish and allow or large…Continue

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Comment by Karin417-14/DIV104 6 hours ago
Chris mom. My son has been at ft sam Houston for 4 wks. He loves it except fot the food, but there is a huge grocery store and other options available,we visited him this past weekend and saw the new sailors coming in Saturday at the PX ( which is like a mall! It has everything!!!) they were all in awe, so cute I feel so much better after seeing the base it's more like a college campus! The Navy takes great care of them! It's clean and really nice. We brought my son his bike as there is a lot of walking( 2 miles to the gym)
Comment by christophersMom 7 hours ago


I just joined the group.  My son graduated BC on 4/11 and he arrived at Fort Sam Houston Saturday, 4 days ago.

So far, he says it is a lot of briefings, and he is supposed to start classes in a week or so.

Big improvement from BC for me is the fact we can communicate readily!  Yeay!

I hope to learn a lot here.

Comment by cupcakegirl14 on Thursday

Well that's interesting.. hmm.  Does the left hand not know what the right hand is doing?  Crazy!  I just told my son to keep doing his best and not compromise himself.  We will see what happens.  Thanks for the input ladies!  :)

Comment by carafid1 on April 9, 2014 at 12:08pm
I guess it can depend on the instructors as well maybe some dont care as much as others but in the end as long as they are happy that's all that matters. Yes joeys mom we need to chat robs excited hope Joey is. The things they are gonna see over there are priceless once in a lifetime !!
Comment by Trish from Texas on April 9, 2014 at 11:52am
I guess each class is different. The top GPA in our son's class got to pick first and he picked Spain and the next person picked Italy. Our son got his top choice C school as well. Carafid1 has a good point about single sailors chances of going overseas, they typically try to keep families stateside!
Comment by Joey's Momma ship 02 div 901 on April 9, 2014 at 11:39am

Yes,,, Cara is right....

Let's get on the phone after Rob joins Joey in Okinawa and catch up!  

Comment by carafid1 on April 9, 2014 at 10:53am

They don't get to pick sorry to say my son graduated and the GPA in the class had little to no bearing on where they were sent.  Sailors with high 90s did not get C schools and some one with a low 80 got a C school so there is no rhythm or reason.He thinks they use a dart board lol  I was in the Navy so been through it as well.  It does seem though if they are an unaccompanied sailor(not married) they have a greater change of getting  get ship or overseas as its cheaper for the navy to not have to pay to move a whole family.

Comment by Trish from Texas on April 9, 2014 at 9:16am
cupcakegirl14-the GPA ranking for each individual class will determine the order in which they pick. Good luck to your son!
Comment by Froggy on April 9, 2014 at 8:47am

Cupcakegirl14 - Yes!!  Our sons did go to BC together.  Perhaps they are in the same class now too!  Our sailor first told us July 2 for graduation; now he says June 18.  If you scroll up slowly on this page you will see a chart with group numbers and graduation dates.  I'm assuming our sailor is in Group #105.  Message me - we can chat in more detail. :)  I don't have much info, but I'm willing to share.

Comment by cupcakegirl14 on April 9, 2014 at 7:04am

Froggy, did not our sons get to A school together from BC?  If so, how do you know when the graduation date is?  My son said sometime in July would be the graduation.  Also, does the GPA depend on the class your son/daughter is in, or is it across the board? Ie. all the classes?


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