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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: 968
Latest Activity: yesterday

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

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

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

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

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by Joe&NatesMom Apr 11. 164 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 LauraCam on April 15, 2015 at 12:57pm

Thank you Lizziebear0803. :)

Comment by Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife on April 14, 2015 at 7:59pm
Son has to just put you on a list and once you arrive to San Antonio, check into the visitors entrance to obtain a pass. Regarding the dates changing for graduation, it depends on holidays and if they gave him a grad date it'll stay the same. Unless he gets washed back to the class behind him otherwise he's good. Also times CAN change so be flexible.
Comment by LauraCam on April 14, 2015 at 12:44pm

Some questions about A school graduation: How often do they change the dates? If date of July 1 is given, a Wednesday, will they be in class up through the day before? and how soon after the graduation will they leave to go to next training or assignment? Also, does my Sailor have to bring me on base if I am staying at the hotel on base? Trying to decide about making plane/hotel reservations. So many questions, lol. Help!

Comment by Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife on April 14, 2015 at 12:13am
Hey Brittany welcome to corpsman wife life. I'll give you some inside scoop:
First of all he arrives to San Antonio and it takes about 2wks or so to begin schooling. Then he will most likely be swamped with school, which is ok because you want him to do well in school trust me. Secondly phase three happens I think about a week or less into starting achool, which yes they can go overnight. Thirdly, he says he wants to do dental school BUT it is my understanding that it's navy needs. For example: hubby could want dental and put it on his dream sheet, which consists of three duty stations and three C schools, but let's say navy says "we want you in surg tech or we want you in Virginia", it's all what the Navy wants. And lastly, don't hate me for this please BUT, it is extremely hard to plan a wedding while hubby is in school. The navy causes you to change ALL your plans and if you want a traditional wedding, just be prepared for things not to always work out. Check cancellation clause, make sure everything is refundable girl or you will lose money. Most just do a court wedding or a small quick wedding on a weekend during phase 3 in A school. Make sure to get it ALL in writing ok'ing for y'all to get married. DM me if you have any more questions :) I'm here to help
Comment by ⚓️Brittany⚓️ on April 13, 2015 at 11:34pm

My boyfriend is in boot camp right now he graduates in may and will go to San Antonio for A school. Before he left they said he would be there for 6 months because he had to do dental after A school. My question is is this right? Is that his C school? How long would his dental be? Im about to try and plan a wedding so im trying to find out as much as possible! Also how long does it usually take them to get to phase 3? Isnt that when they can stay off base on weekends overnight?

Comment by Joe&NatesMom on April 13, 2015 at 7:44am
He hasn't said much about C School yet. He did say his options are limited because he's color blind. He did tell me how important it is to keep his GPA as high as possible...something about his wish list? Bad connection, so I didn't ask again...just let him talk...he did say he really liked San Antonio...and is sooo glad he joined the Navy...Army has to march too much! Good reason Son!
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on April 12, 2015 at 9:09pm

Well, at least he got the briefings part down pat LOL  Yes, it's a relief to be able to communicate finally, right?  Has he considered C school "wish list" choices yet or have his sights on one in particular?

Comment by Joe&NatesMom on April 11, 2015 at 6:32pm

I think my son said he is in class 120, but I can't be for sure.  When he got there, he went through the briefings, then was told that only sailors with last names A-L could start.  He had to go through all the briefings again and started a week or two after his roomate. Just nice to be able to speak to him and text every now and then.  Can't wait till graduation and find out his first assignment!  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on April 11, 2015 at 11:42am

my2navygirls, the current batch of class start and graduation dates was provided to me by an instructor at METC and had a gap in it that included the month of April, so the date she has of April 30 is likely correct.  The FB page occasionally posts an update but they haven't for a long time, which is why I resorted to seeking one from an instructor.  

LauraCam, if you look through the information posted at the top of this page, you'll see "GRADUATION SCHEDULES AND UPDATES."  

 If you see an update on the FB page that I've missed, please let me know.  Everyone, please always check with your sailor to verify his/her class start and graduation date.  

Comment by LauraCam on April 11, 2015 at 11:08am
Where is the list? I am not familiar with this.

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