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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: 1038
Latest Activity: on Monday


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.

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:

Cool video from Navy Medicine - We love our corpsmen!!

Discussion Forum

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

Finishing up A school already!

Started by MidwestMomNancy Nov 11, 2015. 0 Replies

Although I have not posted much, I have appreciated knowing you all are there. I can hardly believe my son has completed A school and is now an HN! He will be heading to San Diego in just a few more days. It's been great to have him on leave,…Continue

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Comment by Squeak4me on February 3, 2016 at 10:53pm
@momofnm, yes we have talked before & had the same PIR date of 1/08/16. My Sailor was pushed back because of his Physiology and anatomy test. He said he missed it by one question, so he is now waiting for the next class to fill. I'm so heartbroken for him... I know he can do it, he is just so lax with everything. Oh well...what test was your Sailor struggling with?
Comment by momofnm on February 3, 2016 at 10:29pm
Squeak4me...are our sailors in the same group. Have I talk to you before. My son has had some troubles with test as well.
Comment by meadechef on February 3, 2016 at 10:13pm
@navymom1108 can you tell me what test are you talking about that your son is taking? My son will be going to A school in Houston TX but it is not until April.
Comment by Allison on February 3, 2016 at 5:01pm
Good luck to your daughter
Comment by Squeak4me on February 3, 2016 at 3:52pm
Hey SNC'sMOM...welcome & good luck to your daughter!!
Comment by Bobbi H on February 3, 2016 at 3:32pm

Welcome SNC'sMOM.  This is a great place to ask questions regarding Corpsman school.  We will do our best to help you out with answers or point you in the right direction.  

Comment by SNC'sMOM on February 3, 2016 at 12:27pm
Hi! I'm New to the group. My daughter just got there on Saturday 1-30-16! I have a few questions, but not sure where to ask them?
Comment by Squeak4me on January 31, 2016 at 10:53am
@NavyMom1108 thank you for the info. It's so difficult to cut that cord to our children sometimes. I know he will be fine! It's all in God's plan for him! Thank you for the support & good luck to you Sailor as well!!❤️⚓️
Comment by NavyMom1108 on January 31, 2016 at 4:36am
@Squeak4me, My son is finishing up his A school and although he didnt fail i can tell you that there is alot of resources for them to get the study they need. When he first got to San Antonio back in November ge would talk often but now as they are doing test its harder to communicate. I asked my son, he said he still will have a 3rd try and if he doesnt make it then he will just have to get pushed back again. Im a nosey mom too. I want to always know what theyre doing but ive learned that our boys are having to do this on their own without our help and when hes ready he will be in contact with you. Wish your son all the best!!
Comment by Squeak4me on January 30, 2016 at 1:34pm
Thank you!!! Just struggling with the unknown! Your info is really appreciated!!

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