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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 Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom, Britt<3CorpsmanWife and Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife. 

WELCOME to the party and the roller coaster!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 933
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

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

How to replace lost or stolen Military ID?

Started by teresac on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Hello all,Has anyone had their son or daughter have the military id stolen? If so, how was it replaced?My son tells me he reported it, but was told he had to have 2 forms of id. He doesn't have 2 forms of id because his license and social security…Continue

Tags: id, military, replace, to, how

Corpsman NECs and C school locations (list)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Dutchess Jan 11. 20 Replies

After completion of A school, corpsmen may go directly to Fleet, or to medical treatment facilities (hospitals or clinics), or to Field Medical Training Battalion for eight weeks of additional training with Marines; or to C School.Within the HM…Continue

Anatomy Flash cards and coloring book

Started by tracysue10. Last reply by tracysue10 Dec 20, 2014. 3 Replies

My son is in HM A school (just arrived) and we have heard rumors that the anatomy flash cards and coloring books would be helpful.  Just wondering if there is a specific brand as I have looked on Amazon and have found several and don't want to…Continue

Graduation pictures

Started by ProudNavyMom Dec 15, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi everyone,Will there be pictures posted of the graduation of class 230 today? I thought I would see them on FB but the pictures they posted didn't look right and I couldn't find my son in them. Any info or links are appreciated. Thank you in…Continue

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You need to be a member of HM (Hospital Corps) A School in San Antonio to add comments!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Tuesday

Welcome new moms!  If friends and family are unsure just what a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman is, here's a link to share :) 

Comment by matsmom96 on Monday

PIR on the 30th.  San Antonio probably on the 31st.  Roll out the welcome mat.  :)

Comment by TRsmom on Monday

Hello. My sailor left for BC on January 21, 2015. She is enlisted as a dental assistant. I don't have her PIR date yet, but believe it will be March 20th. Looking forward to getting to know other moms here!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 20, 2015 at 3:12pm

Welcome and best wishes for your future success!   

Comment by Prince15 on January 20, 2015 at 10:10am
Hello Everyone, I'm Future Sailor Roundtree. I leave for boot camp February 24th. My rate is HM. Excited about the future opportunities that I will experience.
Comment by Mo HA on January 13, 2015 at 4:26pm


Future Sailor Marieta.K, My sailor has left SA and on to the next chapter. Since you have a few months before boot and A school, take advantage of the time. Study up and get/stay in good shape. In other words, take good care of yourself so you can learn to take good care of others.  There are many links and comments that will help you if you have the time to read them. Stay focused and be respectful. I have faith that you will do well!

Dear Browneyedgirl14, I agree with Marcy's comment. I was not able to go to Texas during A school but looking back at my son's A school, there was only one weekend that would have been good to visit because he was studying most of the time when not in class. Don't take it personally if your boyfriend is too busy for a visit. There is a lot of information for them to learn crammed in to a small amount of time.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 12, 2015 at 1:29pm

Bdrowneyedgirl14, welcome!  Here's a compilation of recommendations from others who have traveled to Ft Sam Houston to visit -  Keep in mind that A School is CHALLENGING.  He's there to study study study, and his class standing will affect getting the C School of his choice and therefore many aspects of his Navy career, so be supportive.  Everyone is different, but if he says he needs the time to study, be prepared to respect that  :)

Comment by Browneyedgirl14 on January 12, 2015 at 12:09am
Hello everyone! My boyfriend just graduated bootcamp on the 9th and is now in San Antonio for A school. I'm already looking into visiting him once he reaches phase 3. Any suggestions on hotels? I think I'm going to be able to go see him as soon as next month!!
Comment by louielou on January 11, 2015 at 10:48pm

Mother of twins, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. I'm trying to be more frequent as we just found out my son will be going back to SA in July for C School. Anyway, we stayed at the Embassy Suites, it wasn't cheap, but it wasn't too bad either as they had a very good free breakfast each day and happy hour, Yay! It was my mom, my brother in law and I and he paid for our rooms. There are a few motels on base, one of them my son's friends parents stayed at and we all got together and had a family bbq right there on base. I can't remember the name (its on the VA hospital side), but I believe that Holiday Inn was taking it over.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on January 9, 2015 at 9:55pm

Hi Marieta!  You'll hear over and over that HM is the best rating in the Navy and it's true.  There is a lot of information at the links above.  Since you have time, you could get a head start on A School by getting an EMT-Basic test review book or online program and brush up on anatomy and physiology terminology, ABCs (airway/breathing/circulation) and so on. 


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