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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, Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife, Wigglyturtle


Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 1059
Latest Activity: 23 hours ago


Please say Hi and introduce yourself in the Comments section.

ALL the info at these links is relevant to your corpsman.

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.  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.  Anderson Hall (MIF 4) is on Cpl Johnson Road between Garden and Womack, and there is a parking lot on Cpl Johnson Rd across the street.

Navy Medicine Training Support Center, San Antonio, TX -  see tabs "Visitor Info" and "Student Life."  For your sailor heading to A School:  "NMTSC Welcome Aboard."

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 SCHEDULE:  your sailor is your best source for date, time and any changes.  Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program on Facebook is NOT an official page, but they do post some photos of graduations.

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.

VIDEO:  What to expect at Fleet Medical Battalion-East.

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

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:


Discussion Forum

Marriage/Moving After A school Question!

Started by Bronco14. Last reply by Bronco14 Feb 19. 4 Replies

Hi ladies,I need some help! My sailor is about half way through A School at Ft Sam. He recently received his soft orders for a naval hospital on the east coast. I currently live in San Antonio "with" him so we are also planning on moving me out to…Continue

Personal items at A school

Started by becathena73. Last reply by Bobbi H Jan 22. 7 Replies

I was wondering if any one knew it the sailors are allowed to have personal bedding items at A school. The reason I ask is I am wanting to make my sailor a blanket as a Congratulations on finishing RTC kind of thing but don't know if he will be able…Continue

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

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by Boms_wife Jan 13. 172 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

Liberty Policies/Phases Info needed!!

Started by Bronco14. Last reply by militarywifeandnowmom Dec 7, 2015. 8 Replies

My sailor will head to San Antonio for A school within the next month or two. I am trying to get a feel for how the liberty phases are down there. I know that this all depends and can change on their specific command, but I'd love it if a few of you…Continue

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Monday

Congratulations and welcome!!

Comment by Denisep216 on Monday

Hello Everyone!  My sailor graduated BC on Friday.  She landed in Texas lastnight. Im excited for this 2nd phase of her Navy life! God Bless

Comment by Lauren on May 17, 2016 at 11:54am

I just checked with my son about the coin, I was going to buy it for him and he already bought it, so glad I checked!  But it is a beautiful coin, I may just get one for myself!

Comment by meadechef on May 17, 2016 at 10:39am

Thank you Marcy for the info. I am going to order one for our son. 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 16, 2016 at 7:46pm

Hi meadechef, you have to go to the link and order.  I don't have anything to do with it  :)  They are being sold by the corpsmen in Hawaii to raise funds for their Ball in June.   Here's the link again:  And one more thing, it turns out these are larger than traditional coins, in fact coin is a misnomer.  It is fairly heavy and measures about 3" x 3.5".  I just received it and it's really great quality and will be quite a gift for a keepsake.  Very glad I ordered.

BTW, you'll see in the future that corpsmen at different commands raise funds for their annual Corpsman Ball by designing and selling T shirts and coins and do everything from hot dog sales to car washes.  The Corpsman Ball committee is a good activity for corpsmen to get involved with.

Comment by meadechef on May 15, 2016 at 7:09pm
@Marcy can I still get one of the Corpman coins?
Comment by Jody on May 15, 2016 at 4:31pm
Good afternoon! Our son arrived in San Antonio very early this morning. Friday after PIR was too short a time with him. I know the ability to visit and leave after A school is coming soon but this is very hard.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 10, 2016 at 5:39pm

Moms, this is an exception to the no-selling-on-N4M guideline  :)  The corpsmen stationed in Hawaii are fund-raising for this June's Corpsman Ball and selling one of the best corpsman coins I've seen.  If you're interested in what I think is an great gift, take a look; here's the link:  Hospital Corps coin.  

For those not familiar with the Corpsman Ball, it's important to know about!  The Hospital Corps is the only rate in the Navy allowed a formal Ball.  They commemorate their founding date of June 17, 1898, the fact that theirs is the most de..., and honor corpsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  The Balls are held all over the world in June, and are an incredible experience.  Encourage your corpsman to attend - once they're out of A School that is!!  :)  

Here are photos of the coin front and back -  

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 10, 2016 at 4:34pm

Welcome Steph's Mom!!! Meadechef, the grad dates seem to vary, and so the best source is your future corpsman (for the most updated address too).

Comment by meadechef on April 18, 2016 at 9:35am

Does anyone know the graduation dates for HM school? My son is San Antonio now. Does anyone know the address?


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