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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: 981
Latest Activity: yesterday

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

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS by corpsman moms for the San Antonio area & MAP of Ft. Sam Houston

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Bobbi H on Thursday. 18 Replies

Headed to San Antonio for a visit or to graduation?  I've compiled these recommendations from moms' postings; click the links to open!pdf:  …Continue

My Sailor is Failing Tests :(

Started by BeckyLCM. Last reply by carafid1 Jun 9. 1 Reply

My son is struggling on his tests, badly.  He failed his first one, but made it up the next day.  He passed his next 2 tests, and failed another one today.  I know he is studying, as he is 26 and not hanging out with the "party crowd," and he wants…Continue

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

Comment Wall


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

Comment by Dutchess on Monday

We just received news that my MIL has been diagnosed with end stage leukemia. She has been given no more than two months to live. I had to inform our sailor who is in C school at this time. I am concerned that this could affect her school because she is very close with her grandmother. I reminded her that grandma is very proud of her and that she needs to stay focused. Please keep our family in your prayers and our sailor in your prayers so that she remains strong and focused in her classes.

Comment by DramaSoul on Monday

I can't believe it's been 3 years on 2 July since my Corpsman (now  HM3) graduated from A school. I stayed at the Red Roof Inn because we had the weekend before he graduated to spend time together. It was about 1/4 mile from downtown and the Riverwalk. It was nice, clean, comfortable and gave us the chance to walk and talk going to and from the downtown/Riverwalk activities. It has probably changed since then to getting onto the base. I had to show my driver's license but my son didn't have to have me on a list. 

Comment by Bobbi H on Thursday

What debnavysailormom said is correct.  But you can get the pass yourself.  You MUST stop at the gate house before approaching the gates and go inside.  With your DL you can get a pass if you have business on base.  We have always told them our son was stationed there and we usually had reservations as well to stay on base.  He has never gone and put information at the gate before our going there.  The only time he went with us was to get us a 30 day pass, as your sailor has to sponsor you for those.

Comment by debnavysailormom on Thursday

Hi, we went to ft sam houston last week for graduation.  i n order to get on post my sailor had to submit our DL# and birthdate and put our names on a list.  Then you go to the visitors center and they take your DL# and enter the info to match ppl on the list who can get a visitors pass.  I'm not sure if your sailor can get it anytime, or just for special occasions. but that is how we were able to get in.  If you don't have  a visitors pass, they turn you right back around (that happened when we first got there).

Comment by DREW7062 on Thursday
Hi does anyone know can you visit inside of Fort Sam? My son is in fort Sam corpsman school
Comment by Bobbi H on Thursday

Hootsmom:  I always book thru this site for Fort Sam.

If you stay in building 1384, you can see their barracks from the building.  The rooms are so-so, but very reasonable, and breaakfast is included.  

Candlewood is really nice, but about a 10 minute walk/run from the barracks they are in.

Also, if you are and IHG member, you get the points for the stay.  Not sure you can use them to get lodging on base, but they can be used at any other IHG location.

Hope this information helps.  We've been to see our sailor 3 times already, with a trip planned this weekend.  Each time we've stayed in Building 1384.  The rooms are clean with a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker.  The only probelm we had was on our first stay.  We were right next to the elevators.  Noise all night!  After that stay, we just tell them to make sure we aren't next to the elevators.  A lot of the people that stay in this lodging are military members there for training, so it's basically quiet.

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Thursday

Great idea about the small study guides!  Re hotels - look at the Discussion Forum above - you'll see one marked "HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS" with info from other moms who have gone to visit.  There is a map to the base, too.  

Comment by Hootsmom on Thursday

Thanks for the heads up, I had thought about him having to carry any more stuff as he relocates - impossible. Just sending off shaving kit, lint brush stain sticks, socks that kind of thing and a small flip EMT study guide that was very helpful for me and an anatomy flip guide. Very small things. He can give them to us when he graduates or pass them on to a room mate.  We look forward to traveling there for a visit, is there something like the Navy lodge there? I know its a combined base so there must be hotels yes?

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 24, 2015 at 3:10pm

Congratulations Joe& NatesMom - what a great time to be there!  What's next for your corpsman?

Hootsmom - This is your group!  At this point it's best to rely on your sailor for the graduation date as it may change.   I try to get the list from school when I can and post it above.  There is a FB link above but they don't post grad dates with any reliability.  As far as support - getting care packages is a pain for students, and keep in mind anything they acquire while there has to be carried with them to their first duty station crammed in their (full) seabags or they have to deal with boxing and mailing things home.  

Learning about the rating is a great way to be supportive.  Read the info at the links at the top of this page, as there is a LOT to learn about the Hospital Corps - the best rating in the Navy!

Comment by Hootsmom on June 23, 2015 at 12:48pm

My Son just graduated bc and just arrived at A school SA, is there a group by graduation date?  Or group to advise new families on how to support Sailors in the beginning stages of this school?


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