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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 and Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife. 

WELCOME to the party and the roller coaster!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 978
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

Families and loved ones of sailors in A School for HM (Hospital Corpsman rating) at Medical Education Training Command in San Antonio, TX -

WELCOME! Please say Hi and introduce yourself in the Comments section, read the info below and use the links!

Answers to many of your questions are there, and ALL the info is relevant to your sailor's future HM experience.

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

Read this for an explanation of Hospital Corps School Phases and Liberty

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.   The schedule is below and photos are on the Basic Medical Technician Program page on Facebook.  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

Navy Medicine Training Support Center, San Antonio, TX -  see tabs "Visitor Info" and "Student Life."

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 SCHEDULES AND UPDATES are posted on here: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program on Facebook along with class photos and other info.

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 -> 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, 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

Information to those new, or not so new to San Antonio HM School

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by joefranksmom May 12. 168 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

FMTB questions.

Started by inw0nderland. Last reply by inw0nderland Mar 25. 2 Replies

Hellllo.So I already know that FMTB training is located in two camps. Camp Pendleton (West) and Camp Lejeune (East). If my sailor is stationed in Port Hueneme, California to work in a clinic does he have to attend the FMTB training in Camp Pendleton…Continue

Tags: pendleton, port, hueneme, lejeune, hospital

A school & FMF

Started by Tiffany110491. Last reply by Tiffany110491 Mar 25. 30 Replies

Hello everyone, so i am a rookie in this military lifestyle and recently married to a navy man. I am a little confused with how everything is going to turn out and would love for some advice and help. My husband is currently in A school and just was…Continue

Orders from San Antonio?

Started by Navy_Milso16. Last reply by Karin417-14/DIV104 Feb 19. 2 Replies

Hi all,I'm pretty new to this navy life, even as a significant other. I was just wondering how orders work? My sailor is not set to graduate for a couple more months in A school, but already got verbal orders for after graduation.How often do they…Continue

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Comment by Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife on Wednesday

Amber02888: After my husbands RTC graduation, I was able to spend time with him until 6:30pm, then dropped him off back to the base.  He told me where to meet him Saturday and what time, which was about 6am at O'Hare Airport.  I gave him his cellphone that day and spend time with him until 2:30pm.  He was able to text me and even call me during the hold time, but I lived in CA so I didn't even visit him until he was phase 3 (about 2wks after they arrive).  Hope that helps and answers the question :)

Comment by amber02888 on Wednesday

@Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife When they are on hold for 1-2 weeks in San Antonio after RTC are they allowed visitors or their cell phones, etc? 

Comment by Froggy on Tuesday

Sending lots of prayers your way, Dutchess.  Let us know how your daughter makes out.

Comment by Dutchess on Monday

Hi NM! I have a prayer request please. My daughter just called and said that she was told today that she was exposed to TB on her first day of clinicals. She has to get tested tomorrow morning. She was trying to put up a good front for me but I could tell she is very scared. All I can do is leave it in God's hands.

Comment by DramaSoul on May 17, 2015 at 6:52pm

We actually had 12 hours with my son at O'Hare.  I can tell you all about Terminal 3. Wouldn't have traded that time for all the money in the world. His first leave came after he graduated from A school in SA and before he reported to FMTB-West.  His graduation was 2 July 2012.  Don't know if things have changed. We thought we would have the whole weekend with him after PIR...especially since it was his birthday (PIR was 2 Mar...his b'day was 4 Mar of that year). It seems the Navy doesn't really care if he spends his birthday with his family. LOL!!  I ended up going to the Art Institute (which I had planned if he had been with me) and texting pics to him. He was settling into his living quarters in SA!  Hard to believe that was 3 years ago. Wowy! The time is flyin'. 

Comment by Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife on May 17, 2015 at 12:19am
Holidays and October are probably the only time there is a hold at RTC. Especially Thanksgiving and Christmas but in June he will most likely (99.9% sure) go straight to San Antonio. No one gets to come home until after phase three and even then they have to put in a chit.
Comment by carafid1 on May 16, 2015 at 10:03pm

He goes to San Antonio they don't get to come home till after school.  I unfortunately their are some that go right to their duty stations and don't get to come home.

Comment by SybilMama on May 16, 2015 at 9:26pm
But no matter they go to Texas and stay there and wait right? Right. He's thinking he's going to get to come home for a week after RTC. I told him, no, thats not how it works.
Comment by carafid1 on May 16, 2015 at 8:46pm

 my son did not leave great lakes after PIR till  Sunday and he waited a week due to thanksgiving.  To be honest I cant remember what he did.  I think stood watches and cleaned.  The fiscal year starts in Oct. so sometimes that has an effect on when classes start.  He got there after the government shut down but a lot of sailors in his PIR had to wait a long time to class up for different schools

Comment by SybilMama on May 16, 2015 at 8:30pm
BBoy thats a long title (lol)
What do they do the 1 or 2 week waiting period?
Thanks for replying :)

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