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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: 851
Latest Activity: 2 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.

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.


HR:  Hospitalman Recruit (E-1)                      HM1:  Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (E-6)               

HA:  Hospitalman Apprentice (E-2)                 HMC:  Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-7)             

HN:  Hospitalman (E-3)                                  HMCS:  Sr. Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-8)                

HM3:Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (E-4)        HMCM: Master Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-9)      

HM2: Hosp. Corpsman 2nd Class (E-5)  

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.

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

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

Stethoscope brand! GIFT!

Started by 670dsdlc. Last reply by 670dsdlc Jun 20. 3 Replies

Hello beautiful ladies! I want to get my corpsman a stethoscope for a gift..but I don't know what brands are good? can anyone help me out here???Continue

Struggling in A school

Started by csandjmom (Ship 02 DIV 921). Last reply by Casu May 30. 8 Replies

My son is really struggling in A school. He has failed 2 tests now and is really contemplating separating. I know he does not want to but really has no idea what to do. Any suggestions? He is already in mandatory study hall. He is so young, only 18,…Continue

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Comment by Filnavymom 19 hours ago

Hi Emptynester. I just approved your friend request. You can

pm me. Thanks.

Comment by Emptynester 20 hours ago

Filnavymom, I'm going to friend request you and ask you some questions.  My son said they're having to re-pick their orders because something changed.  He has some questions about your daughters graduation and ship.

Comment by Filnavymom 22 hours ago

Thank you Emptynester. I wish the best for your son. Hope my daughter can still get her wish.

Comment by Emptynester 22 hours ago

Uh Oh, mine was also given Japan today but he said they were 'soft' orders so nothing guaranteed until in black and white, (sometimes not even then...)

Comment by Filnavymom 22 hours ago

My daughter was given order today for Japan and she was very happy but after an hour it was changed to ship duty. Anyone knows how can that happen? She is quite frustrated. She is HMDA.

Comment by cynthiag- hospital corpsman mom yesterday
Thank you so much for this information!!! My son will fly to SA this weekend!!!
Comment by Mo HM (DIV 936, PIR 07182014) yesterday

Hi cynthiag, In case you were asking me:
PIR-July 18, on July 19-bussed to Ohare 1am-flew out after 8am to SA. Families welcome at airport and in USO with guest pass obtained by sailor. It is a wonderful time to meet and hang with his new friends and colleagues from his division that are going to same A school. Leave was short-arrived Saturday, started classes Monday.

Comment by ASTRID yesterday

Someone at HM School told my son that as he comes from fleet deployment at Norfolk, the east coast, he can only get assigned to pisitions in the east coast when he finishes the school.

Sounds strange to me, but if anyone in the group knows about this please tell me!

Comment by cynthiag- hospital corpsman mom yesterday
Hi. What day did he fly to San Antonio? What time did you go to the airport with him? And which airport ohare or midway? My son will be flying to SA this weekend thank you for any info!!
Comment by Mo HM (DIV 936, PIR 07182014) on Monday

Hi all, I am new here. My son/sailor graduated 07182014 DIV 936. That was a wonderful day and several of his friends traveled with him to Texas. Thank you for all the information here.  Every step is a new journey and I appreciate all the tips and information from those who go before me.  Please feel free to contact me if you'd like.


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