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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: 1067
Latest Activity: on Tuesday


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


Started by becathena73. Last reply by debnavysailormom Jul 11. 2 Replies

my son will be graduating RTC in Oct and heading to ft Sam TX.  and I have a few questions i was hoping to get some help with.....1) do they need a good watch with a second hand on it for a school?2) are they allowed cell phones as long as they are…Continue

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

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by ddandcc Jun 14. 174 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

Corpsman NECs and C school locations (list)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by navywife4life Jun 14. 21 Replies

After completion of A school, corpsmen may go directly to Fleet, or to medical treatment facilities (hospitals or clinics), or to Field Medical Training Battalion for eight weeks of additional training with Marines; or to C School.Within the HM…Continue

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

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Comment by Steph's Mom!!! on Tuesday
My daughter is graduating next month from "A" school there in San Antonio and I am needing a more accurate graduation date so I can start making travel arrangements. Does anyone have any information about that, please?
Comment by ShannonM on July 14, 2016 at 10:42pm

Got a call this evening from my Sailor, saying that there's a physical test tomorrow morning for those interested in the SARC program.  That's his goal and he's going for it.  Does anyone have any info on the program and its requirements?

Comment by Dylansmom (Ship 02 DIV 942) on July 13, 2016 at 2:00pm

 becathena73 When does your son leave for A-school? Mine will also be there for the holidays.

Comment by meadechef on July 13, 2016 at 8:25am

Good Morning,  Is there a group for certain C Schools?

Comment by Catherine on July 12, 2016 at 6:44pm

Welcome ShannonM and good luck to your Sailor!!!!

Comment by ShannonM on July 12, 2016 at 10:29am

Hi, all!  My son arrived for A School on Saturday and is settling in, although he says he's melting. Something about "death by PowerPoint" as they prepare to start classes next week.  He came with a great group of Sailors from Great Lakes and they are all looking forward to this portion of their journeys.

Comment by becathena73 on July 9, 2016 at 5:41pm

My son will be in tx over the holidays and was just wondering if anyone could tell me how the holidays are handled they get leave to come home?

Comment by Joe&NatesMom on July 7, 2016 at 8:32pm
True, Bronco14...he had to do some kind of lab AFTER graduation...I had forgotten
Comment by Bronco14 on July 7, 2016 at 6:29pm

My husband graduated on a Wednesday, and wasn't actually done with school until that Friday. If I remember correctly there was another date rumored and it changed about two months before the graduation. So you should find out closer to and be fine with tickets :) I would suggest taking a mini vacation like Joe&NatesMom said. Because your sailor might not get the full days off after his graduation!

Comment by Joe&NatesMom on July 7, 2016 at 10:56am
They kept changing the date when my son was there...we ended up making a mini vacation and stayed the week in and around San Antonio. Figured that was cheaper than changing airline tickets and all the headaches associated with all of that nonsense.

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