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

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 879
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.

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).

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 CCP95 Aug 30. 153 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

Does he have to take vacation time?

Started by Knose45. Last reply by Karin417-14/DIV104 Jul 29. 2 Replies

My son is graduating Aug 14. He got his orders for Portsmouth, VA (yea!). He doesn't have to report until Sept 4. If he comes home during that time period, does he have to request leave? Use his vacation time?

first duty station

Started by Thinton88. Last reply by Thinton88 Jul 11. 2 Replies

My husband is supposed to graduate from HMDA school in less than a week and he hasn't gotten his soft orders yet.  My question is it normal to wait this long to get orders?  Also what happens if he doesn't have his orders by graduation?  We didn't…Continue

Trying to visit San Antonio in May

Started by jad0407. Last reply by MariaFaith Jun 24. 14 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

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Comment by Michelle on Monday
My son is in class 230 also . He told me the graduation date is a little bit up in the air because of the holidays . December 19 is about right but I think it's not set in stone yet
Comment by SAILORMOMDiv179 on Monday
Thank you Cardiff now I feel a little better. Marcy, I will call the recruiter tomorrow.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Monday

carafid1 - good info!  It's been a few years since mine went through, and we were fortunate to have an outstanding recruiting office that could answer (or get answers to) questions that came up during that first year.  Not everyone has that kind of access, but for me it was a good resource - and I didn't know about NavyforMoms yet!  :)

Comment by carafid1 on Monday

sailormomdiv179.  My son got his orders to Okinawa and did not leave SA right away. Sometimes they get held up medical, paper work ect..  They extended his report date to Okinawa so he spent almost 3 weeks at home. Im not sure if that happens to everyone but since they wont be home for a long time it seems they make sure they get leave before they go.


Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Monday

Regarding graduation dates - the BMTCP page on Facebook hasn't updated the list since June 2.  Keep an eye on their page for the next update.  When they do, I put it together and post it above and if you see it before I do, let me know!  Last class and date posted so far is Class 210/November 14, 2014.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Monday

I know how frustrating it can be. You might go to your recruiting office tomorrow, see if they'll look into it and can get some clarification.  

Comment by SAILORMOMDiv179 on Sunday
My son graduated on September 11 he was supposed to come home but I guess some paperwork was lost and he stuck there now doing transient duty and I'm just a little worried they he may not come home before going to Okinawa. I wish I could talk someone about this, are we only allowed to talk to the sailors about it or is there like an office that I can call to figure it out? Feeling a little out of sorts without knowing.
Comment by wisc navy mom on Sunday
Motorcitymom...just found out my son is in class 230, as well. He mentioned it is December 19th. Not positive though.
Comment by motorcitymom on September 14, 2014 at 7:29am
Hello. Does anyone know the graduation date for class 230?
Comment by DramaSoul on September 14, 2014 at 2:01am

And Marcy knows the answers!  eileen 1066...I was where you are 2 1/2 years ago. Welcome to the Navy family....and it is that! :)


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