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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: 900
Latest Activity: 5 hours ago

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

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 Sep 29. 17 Replies

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

any one with any advice on hotel stays?

Started by Alecat navy wifey. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Sep 29. 3 Replies

Hello everyone , I'm planning on visiting my husband and was wondr ring if anyone could give me some advise on where I could stay? should I rent a car?

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

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by Mon Sep 28. 156 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?

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Comment by debnavysailormom 5 hours ago

Hi Ladies!  I just found out from my son who PIR'd back on 8/29 that he got his orders down in SA and will be going to C school there for a year for Pharmacy Tech.  so excited for him as he had wanted eventually be a pharmacist.

Comment by ASTRID on Thursday
I will attend graduation class #200 that will be October 30th instead of 29th.
If any mom would like me to take a picture of your sailor at this graduation, just contact me. I will make my best effort to take it and send it to her.
Comment by Mon on Thursday

If any one is attending the graduation today, I would love to see your video or pictures please.   I wanted to attend but my sailor said it wasn't a big deal.  My heart is heavy for not going.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Wednesday

Have a great time, Astrid!  Let us know how it goes, all that good stuff!  :)

Welcome Dwayne!  LOL  

Comment by ASTRID on Tuesday

I got the Littman and engraved it. I will be going to SA for my son's graduation October 29, class 200 and it will be a really nice gift for him. Thanks for the cool and useful gift idea Moms!

Comment by carafid1 on Monday

my son came home for xmas spent thanksgiving on base.  The school closed for about 2 weeks.  I dont really know what kind of schedule they will have if the dont take leave.  Sounds like your son wont need to. I cant imagine how nice it is to have him so close!!

Comment by Becca40 on Monday

Happy to have found this group!  My son just PIR'd on 10/17 and will be in A school in SA, he arrived this past Saturday.  I live in SA too which is even better as we will be able to pick him up during Liberty.  Does anyone know how much time off they receive during Thanksgiving and Christmas?  I'm sure I'll find out eventually from him but we would like to plan a surprise gathering for him with extended family.  Please share details if anyone knows. 

Comment by Froggy on October 16, 2014 at 6:02pm

Rea1234:  Our son came home for two weeks after A school.  June 18 - July 3.  It was the first time he had been home since he left for boot camp on January 7.  Our son didn't have to report to Camp LeJeune until July 4.  So bottom line - it would depend on his orders.

Comment by Rca1234 on October 16, 2014 at 12:53pm

Does anyone know how much leave time they will get after A school?

Comment by DramaSoul on October 14, 2014 at 9:54pm

The Littmann II was the one that most of the Corpsmen and nurses I know recommended.  They don't need the cardiac one. My Corpsman LOVES his...says he can hear clearly with it.


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