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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: 1056
Latest Activity: Apr 26


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 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?

Comment by Steph's Mom!!! on April 6, 2016 at 3:48pm
Hello everyone, I'm Steph's Mom

My daughter is currently in BC n will be in San Antonio in May.
Comment by Bronco14 on March 27, 2016 at 9:42am
Lol I thought thats what happened there!! No worries :P
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 27, 2016 at 12:01am

I said it exactly backwards from what I was thinking!!  Geez.  Yes, female only attend Camp Lejeune.  You're 110% right LOL

Comment by DramaSoul on March 26, 2016 at 11:49pm

Hi Marcy!! That video should come with a tissue alert! Chokes me up every time. So proud of my 8404. 

Comment by DramaSoul on March 26, 2016 at 11:42pm

When my son was at FMTB West, there were no females but that was 4 years ago this Summer. (Wow...where did that 4 years go??) I thought he said they were adding a barracks for females at FMTB West but I don't know if that ever happened.

BTW...for any of you who have Corpsman going FMTB, get the DVD that they offer at the end of training. I still watch my son's!

Comment by Bronco14 on March 26, 2016 at 11:34pm
Thanks for the video Marcy! However I'm 99% positive female corpsman only attend FMTB East at Camp Lejeune. Unless they just recently changed that? :)
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 26, 2016 at 11:19pm

Here's a new video from Fleet Medical Battalion-East at Camp Lejeune, NC that shows what students can expect during the eight-week course.  Nearly all corpsmen eventually go through FMTB at either Camp Johnson (part of Camp Lejeune) or at Camp Pendleton, CA.  Females attend Camp Pendleton only.  LINK:  FMTB-East Command Video

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on March 26, 2016 at 10:36pm

Squeak4me, ever since the school was moved from Great Lakes to San Antonio, the schedule hasn't been provided and it seems subject to change.  The best I can offer for now is that you have to rely on your sailor's information.  It's also true that the ceremony is not as formal by far as it was at GL.  If your sailor is heading elsewhere immediately after graduation and you want to plan a visit, it is likely better to wait and go to their first duty station, where you'll have more time to visit, help them get set up, etc.

Comment by Squeak4me on March 18, 2016 at 1:05pm

Does anyone have any idea of a schedule? Above on this site there is an "A" School Class Number & Graduation Schedule posted for last year's classes. Has anyone seen this year's proposed schedule? My son is in class 080 & that is all I know. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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