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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: 873
Latest Activity: 1 hour 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.

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 on Saturday. 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 Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Saturday

If you’re in the Cincinnati area, plan on attending the Hospital Corpsmen memorial highway dedication Wed., Sept. 3 @ 6 pm, Fort Wright City Building, 409 Kyles Lane, Ft Wright, KY.
BUMED’s FORCE Master Chief Sherman Boss will join local and state dignitaries, including special guest Charles “Dan” Daniels, the very dedicated, passionate, persistent and charming 90 year old and very proud WWII Navy Corpsman who worked on getting the highway honoring Navy Hospital Corpsmen.

Comment by DramaSoul on Thursday
Thanks, Marcy, for posting this video and the information about lessons learned on the USS Forrestal. I know one of scenarios that is possible for BST 21 involves the USS Cole and how to handle that situation. I had a chance to tour a DDG when it was here for Fleet Week. One of the interesting presentations was about damage control.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Thursday

Just as the USS Forrestal fire in 1967 was the impetus for fire fighting training in boot camp, this terrible incident in 1999 (11 saved, but seven lost) prompted the 'helo dunk' training:  

Comment by DramaSoul on Wednesday

Marcy...WOWWY! YIPES! I will remember that...."helo dunk". It's sooo important that they train and train so that it's just second nature for that time when it may be needed. :-)

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Wednesday

DramaSoul, that's wonderful about your nephew!  So glad your son has such a role model in his life!  

Your comment about 'only as strong as the weakest link' is so true.  Just yesterday, my son's team underwent training known as the 'helo dunk,' in which they (fully clothed and with gear) are strapped into a mockup of a helicopter, which is dropped by crane into an Olympic size pool, submerged and turned over a few times.  Oh did I mention they are wearing black-out goggles?  And due to their training and focus they get themselves out and surface.  Every corpsman needs to be at the top of their game in this rating as DramaSoul says.  They did it FIVE TIMES too…yikes.  Note to newbies - he's been in a few years, this is not part of FMTB  :)

Comment by DramaSoul on Wednesday

Hey, Marcy! We need a LIKE button for your posts! 

My nephew started out as an Army nurse (ROTC) and is now a PhD anesthetist and Lt. Col in the Army. (He loved the ratio of men to women in the nursing ranks!)  He was the one who told my son that if he wanted to be a 'medic' he had better join the Navy because the Corpsman program is superior to all of the other branches of service.  Of course, he will deny he said this!  

Comment by DramaSoul on Wednesday

Thanks again Marcy! I knew what 'cross rate' was but didn't know the guidelines to be able to do it.You rock, Marcy!

Regarding an earlier post that said something about why did everyone get punished for the actions of just a few.  One of the things they learn in boot camp (and this is just as a Mom observer) is that once you master something, you are obligated to teach it to someone who has not yet mastered it. It's not necessarily about individual glory but about the whole team/unit/division/class. They are only as strong as the weakest link so they are all responsible for each other. This is especially important if they are ever in a deployment or emergency situation. I saw this further re-inforced in my son's FMTB training. Just my humble opinion and observations.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Wednesday

"Only enlisted corps" means that of the Navy's staff corps, the Hospital Corps is the only one whose members are enlisted personnel and non-commissioned officers.

The Hospital Corps - the Navy’s only enlisted corps, it consists of more than 25,480 active duty and reserve Navy hospital enlisted corpsmen who provide health care to Sailors, Marines, and those entrusted to their care on the battlefield, at sea, under the sea, and in military treatment facilities worldwide.  Established June 17, 1898, the Hospital Corps is the largest and most decorated rating in the Navy. 

The Medical Corps - military physicians in a variety of specialties, and the senior corps among all staff corps, second only to line officers.

The Dental Corps - naval officers who have a Doctorate in either Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine (DDS or DMD) and who practice dentistry for sailors and marines.

The Nurse Corps - naval officers of the rank of Ensign to Rear Admiral (upper half).  Navy Nurse Corps officers are commissioned through ROTC, STA-21, MECP, Nurse Candidate Program, and by direct commission.

The Medical Service Corps - officers in medical support duties and includes scientists, researchers and administrators.

The Chaplain Corps - ordained clergy who are commissioned naval officers.

The Supply Corps - officers concerned with supply, logistics, combat support, readiness, contracting and fiscal issues.

The Civil Engineer Corps - CEC officers are professional engineers and architects, acquisitions specialists and Seabee Combat Warfare officers responsible for executing and managing the planning, design, acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of the Navy’s shore facilities.

The Judge Advocate General’s Corps (also known as the JAG Corps or JAG) is the legal arm of the Navy.  Worldwide it consists of Judge Advocates, limited duty officers (law). enlisted members and civilian personnel.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Wednesday

To "cross rate" means to change your Navy job (rate).  In some  instances the Navy will allow this;  requirements include having served at least 24 months in the current rate; having served less than 12 years in the Navy or Navy Reserve; being a Petty Officer 1st Class or below; zero non-judicial punishments within a defined recent period; recommendation by one's current Commanding Officer.

Comment by Michelle on Wednesday
BusyMom13 what does cross rated mean? Thank you everybody else for the help

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