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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 - best rating in the Navy!  The Hospital Corps is the Navy's only enlisted Corps and the most decorated in the Navy.  Families, friends and loved ones, join in!  

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

WELCOME to the party and the roller coaster!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 987
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

Families and loved ones of sailors in A School for HM (Hospital Corpsman rating) at Medical Education Training Command in San Antonio, TX -

WELCOME! Please say Hi and introduce yourself in the Comments section, read the info below and use the links!

Answers to many of your questions are there, and ALL the info is relevant to your sailor's future HM experience.

About the HM Rate,  HM Rating Card/, Overview from, and Navy Medicine Almanac 2015 p. 28-29.

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

Liberty Phases at A School:  Liberty Phases 

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.  For some questions, your best bet may be to call the quarterdeck or campus support center at METC.

There IS a graduation ceremony, and families and loved ones are invited to attend.   The schedule is below and photos are on the Basic Medical Technician Program page on Facebook.  If you go, here are Hotel recommendations for San Antonio/Ft Sam Houston from corpsman moms and Directions to Ft Sam Houston/Walters Gate/Anderson Hall

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

The METC Online website for Medical Education Training Campus at San Antonio 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 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.

Read this to find out What is Field Medical Training Battalion (FMTB)?  (They have a great graduation ceremony for families to attend, too!)  Most corpsmen attend FMTB sooner (straight from A School) or later.  It does NOT mean that they will necessarily be assigned to a Marine Corps unit.

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, and Camp Pendleton Moms on N4M.

Corpsmen serve in a variety of settings.  "Blueside" corpsmen serve in hospitals and clinics and on ships.  "Greenside" corpsmen are with forward-deployed Marine units and where one can earn the hard-won and highly valued Fleet Marine Force (FMF) qualification.  There is nothing like the love that Marines have for their "Doc."  Seriously.  

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

Once your sailor graduates from A School, more groups include Corpsman Moms & DadsCorpsman MomsCorpsman Wives, GFs, Moms; and FMF Corpsman Moms plus the FMTB groups listed above.

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

What to Bring to A School in GL

Started by ckathy122. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jul 23. 2 Replies

Any input is greatly appreciated...  my  daughter will be attending A school and C school in GL and I want to make sure I bring what is needed..any advice??  Thanks all 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 Jul 23. 20 Replies

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

Class 150 Graduation Date

Started by Gabby 1969. Last reply by augie1116 Jul 16. 8 Replies

Anyone else have a sailor in Class 150?  Mine is now telling me their graduation date is August 18.  She had originally told me August 27.  I would just like to confirm with other Corpsman moms what their sailors have told them.  I have already…Continue

My Sailor is Failing Tests :(

Started by BeckyLCM. Last reply by docs mom Jul 16. 2 Replies

My son is struggling on his tests, badly.  He failed his first one, but made it up the next day.  He passed his next 2 tests, and failed another one today.  I know he is studying, as he is 26 and not hanging out with the "party crowd," and he wants…Continue

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Tuesday

Welcome, MidwestMomNancy!  Congratulations on your soon-to-be corpsman.  Enjoy the reading and ask away with any questions  :)

Mother of Twins - Regarding your message, I just sent you an email with some options.  

Comment by MidwestMomNancy on Monday
Lots of good info here; I'm looking forward to reading! My son arrived last weekend and begins school tomorrow, class 15-205, if I understand the schedule.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 23, 2015 at 9:27pm

Thanks to amber02888 for the hotel info; I added it to the Discussion "Hotel Recommendations."  Everyone's experience helps the next person!

A big thank-you also to wigglyturtle for providing an update on Liberty Phases!  The updated info is at a link above with the permanent info.  Hopefully she'll share how she came up with that name soon too!  :)

Comment by amber02888 on July 23, 2015 at 12:22pm

I've gone to visit my fiance twice and we've booked my hotels thru this website:

The Candlewood Suites (Bldg 2426) was the perfect location on base, pet friendly and a great hotel overall.  The Riverwalk is about a 10-15 minute drive from base. 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 20, 2015 at 5:36pm

One of our own has just been named Navy Times' Sailor of the Year!  

"It takes a special person to dedicate their lives to be a corpsman, so they are naturally some very motivated individuals, but Petty Officer Freeman is a special individual who exceeds even that high standard that a corpsman brings to the fight," Cmdr. Nathan Almond, Ike's senior medical officer, said.

Comment by Bobbi H on July 20, 2015 at 10:47am
Thanks Marcy for the hotel information. We already have reservations on base. We are in Texas 4 hours south of Fort Sam and have been up several times, with a plan to go again this weekend.

DramaSoul I know everything is based on the needs of the Navy. My husband was Navy full time and then Air Force reserves. I definitely know things can change. Just hoping to get a window of ideas about how much leave they have to help sister figure out if they can be here from DC to be married, since she really wants her brother to be here for her wedding. She's pretty flexible, thankfully. Doesn't have a date set in stone, but she and her fiancé need to get airline tickets to be back in Texas during leave.
Comment by DramaSoul on July 20, 2015 at 10:06am

Two things I have learned since my son has been in the Navy (coming up on 4 years):The only constant is change and nothing is etched in stone. My son was told he would be going to Okinawa right up until a couple of weeks before he was scheduled to leave. Then his orders changed. It's all about the needs of Ma Navy! For those of us who are planners and organizers, it's frustrating as all heck. However, I have learned to just go with the flow and not sweat stuff Ihave no control over. Not always the easiest thing to do. He is loving what he's doing so that's what's important!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 20, 2015 at 2:18am

Welcome Bobbi H and augie1116!  For graduation and hotel info, look at the info in the Discussion Forum above called "Hotel Recommendations or click here.  

As far as hard orders and leave - things can change and trying to coordinate something as important as a wedding can be hard.  Anyone have advice for her?  

Comment by Bobbi H on July 17, 2015 at 1:10pm

Can anyone tell me when they receive their hard orders?  My sailor has received preliminary orders, but not his final ones. We are trying to determine how much leave he will have between graduation and when he has to be at his duty station.  His sister is hoping to come home from DC during his leave and plans on getting married before he leaves. 

Comment by DREW7062 on July 16, 2015 at 11:42am
Just got back from visiting my son in San Antonio went to the Riverwalk and saw Shamu at Sea Wirld lol had much fun with my new sailor son

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