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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: 961
Latest Activity: 2 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).  Video - "METC sailors marching to chow hall" 

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

Information to those new, or not so new to San Antonio HM School

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by nolla1955 Mar 26. 163 Replies

I just spent the long weekend with my daughter and got lots of information.  Not everyone lives close enough to visit, so I thought I would share what I have learned so far about the school.   Your sailor won’t start classes as soon as he gets to…Continue

FMTB questions.

Started by inw0nderland. Last reply by inw0nderland Mar 25. 2 Replies

Hellllo.So I already know that FMTB training is located in two camps. Camp Pendleton (West) and Camp Lejeune (East). If my sailor is stationed in Port Hueneme, California to work in a clinic does he have to attend the FMTB training in Camp Pendleton…Continue

Tags: pendleton, port, hueneme, lejeune, hospital

A school & FMF

Started by Tiffany110491. Last reply by Tiffany110491 Mar 25. 30 Replies

Hello everyone, so i am a rookie in this military lifestyle and recently married to a navy man. I am a little confused with how everything is going to turn out and would love for some advice and help. My husband is currently in A school and just was…Continue

Orders from San Antonio?

Started by Navy_Milso16. Last reply by Karin417-14/DIV104 Feb 19. 2 Replies

Hi all,I'm pretty new to this navy life, even as a significant other. I was just wondering how orders work? My sailor is not set to graduate for a couple more months in A school, but already got verbal orders for after graduation.How often do they…Continue

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Comment by RobinsMom96 2 hours ago

Can anyone recommend a good, moderately priced hotel near the A school in San Antonio. I'm going to visit him in July since I'll only get to see him for a day at bootcamp graduation.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom yesterday

VERY good news!! Whew  ;) 

Comment by Dutchess yesterday

Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes. Kayla saw the ortho doctor today and was told she has to wear the boot for a month and a brace for a month. She was given PT exercises to do on her own. She can start running after the brace comes off. So for now no surgery/cast.  We are so happy!!!

Comment by Dutchess on March 26, 2015 at 8:24pm

Marcy, She texted me tonight and said she has another appointment on Tuesday.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 26, 2015 at 1:27am

Dutchess, do you have an update?  I was so sorry to read about the mix-up - I hope she isn't in too much pain!  

Comment by Dutchess on March 24, 2015 at 8:10pm

Well ladies, my daughter didn't make it to her ortho appointment this morning. There was a mix up in transportation. Her instructor is going to try to get her an appointment on post instead of on LAF across town. She was told if she left on time they wouldn't have made it in time due to traffic.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 24, 2015 at 1:56am
Dutchess -absolutely!!!
Comment by Dutchess on March 23, 2015 at 10:43pm

My sailor needs some prayers headed her way for tomorrow please. She sees an orthopedic tomorrow morning to decide if she needs surgery for a fractured ankle. She is currently in A school. She is so scared that she will need surgery and will be rolled back and possibly loose her C school. Please remember her in your prayers.

Comment by DramaSoul on March 22, 2015 at 10:46pm

We need a 'LIKE' button for the pics!!! 

Comment by LauraCam on March 20, 2015 at 5:43am

Thanks Marcy~Corpsman Mom! I have a lot of reading to do. :)


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