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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: 891
Latest Activity: 17 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 on Monday. 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 on Monday. 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 on Sunday. 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 DramaSoul on Monday

Like all the other moms have said, keep it light.  Also, once they get there, they need to be reminded that whatever they acquire has to leave when they leave.  My son found this out the hard way and had a heck of a time at the last minute.  I notice he hasn't done that again!

When they leave after PIR, they are carrying their full seabag, clothes bag, military backpack and their orders.  I couldn't believe how much they had to carry....all in their dress uniform! My son got his phone. Then he had me send him his laptop which I sent via FedEx in a special laptop box. It arrived intact and perfect. Bravo Zulu to the new Sailors!

Comment by Mon on Sunday

My son graduates October 23.  He received his soft orders for J'ville Fla. He reports Nov. 13th. He doesnt have that much leave built up so he will report earlier. He will probably come home for 7 days before heading to J'ville.. It will be great to have him home and close enough to drive down on the weekend.

Comment by carfruit on September 25, 2014 at 4:56pm
MommaBB, my son was there last year and was able to come home for the holidays. He was home for two weeks. The school pretty much did shut down for the holidays.
Comment by Trish from Texas on September 25, 2014 at 1:21pm

MommaBB - This seems to differ from class to class, so I would at least put in the leave request chit and see if it gets approved.  The earlier the better.  :)

Comment by MommaBB Ship2 Div 948 on September 25, 2014 at 11:45am

Ok so no tv! Haha. Kinda figured but he mentioned sending stuff. I will let him know my veteran navy moms grapevine says keep it light.

Comment by MommaBB Ship2 Div 948 on September 25, 2014 at 11:43am

I'm confused about leave liberty and chit while in A Scool. Is it possible that he can put in a chit for leave during A school and come home for Xmas? "Home" is in Wisconsin. I read somewhere that the schooling  pretty much shuts down anyway during this time. 

Comment by Lauren on September 25, 2014 at 11:42am

Trust me, he will barely have room for his laptop, they have to carry everything they own with them, keep it light, and they will have to take everything once again when they leave.

Comment by MommaBB Ship2 Div 948 on September 25, 2014 at 11:31am

My son will PIR on Oct 10. I know I can give him laptop and cell phone at airport. Wondering about sending his other "stuff" (PlayStation, tv, clothes) also he will be there during holidays. How long will this extend the time spent in TX? Trying to figure out approx month to go down for grad. Thanks! I have found so much helpful info on here. Made Getting thru boot camp possible. Now hoping to get support and tips for A Scool!

Comment by AymeeTX-Ship 03 Div 293 on September 22, 2014 at 10:25am

Hello! My son just arrived in San Antonio and is in class 250. Any tips would be welcomed--both for him and for me (ideas of how to support the corpsman during this training time). I'm so thankful for these groups!

Comment by Navajosunshine39 on September 22, 2014 at 10:03am

Good morning. This is my first post here in 'HM A School in San Antonio', and I apologize for not properly saying hello. My oldest child, my son, is currently finishing up his A-school training, and is part of the Class 175.  The class graduates this week, so I'm super excited because we'll be traveling there from AZ to see my son graduate. I'm a single mom, so this makes me so proud that my son is following this path and is being a good example to his younger brothers. My dad will also be coming along, as he wasn't able to go to my son's boot camp graduation at GL this past June. I'm proud to be among this group, and I hope to meet some of you mom's of other Class 175 graduates this Thursday.

Thank you, and have a great Monday!


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