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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: 867
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.

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.

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.


HR:  Hospitalman Recruit (E-1)                      HM1:  Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (E-6)               

HA:  Hospitalman Apprentice (E-2)                 HMC:  Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-7)             

HN:  Hospitalman (E-3)                                  HMCS:  Sr. Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-8)                

HM3:Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (E-4)        HMCM: Master Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-9)      

HM2: Hosp. Corpsman 2nd Class (E-5)  

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

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?

first duty station

Started by Thinton88. Last reply by Thinton88 Jul 11. 2 Replies

My husband is supposed to graduate from HMDA school in less than a week and he hasn't gotten his soft orders yet.  My question is it normal to wait this long to get orders?  Also what happens if he doesn't have his orders by graduation?  We didn't…Continue

Trying to visit San Antonio in May

Started by jad0407. Last reply by MariaFaith Jun 24. 14 Replies

Hi, if anyone has information that could help me I would really appreciate it.  My boyfriend is at school in San Antonio right now at Fort Sam Houston and I'm trying to plan a visit for when I get out of school in May.  I have been looking at hotels…Continue

Stethoscope brand! GIFT!

Started by 670dsdlc. Last reply by 670dsdlc Jun 20. 3 Replies

Hello beautiful ladies! I want to get my corpsman a stethoscope for a gift..but I don't know what brands are good? can anyone help me out here???Continue

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Comment by Frogger1 yesterday
Cynthia are you north or south east or west. I'm south by choke canyon lake. Getting to see him this saturday, then he too will be able to come home for the holiday. Super excited
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Tuesday

Welcome new members!  

Comment by cynthiag- hospital corpsman mom on Monday
Hey Frogger 1 I.too live an hour from ft.sam. Been down once in the 3 weeks hes been there!,bought.dorm stuff!,going tomorrow for dinner...have to see him asap. Then he gets to come.home laborday weekend. But yes its all study,study study!! He loves A school..said corpsman the best decision he ever made! In class 210! Any other moms or dads from.210?
Comment by Frogger1 on Monday
Yes, I am very fortunate to live an hour away from ft sam, I was hoping to take advantage of how close we are for now, but has not worked out that way. He is very busy with his studies and I have been preparing my daughter l, who leaves for college on friday.
Comment by Paula on August 15, 2014 at 9:07pm
Hey JD mom, I talked to my son yesterday. He is still set to graduate on 9/11? He hasn't heard anything different. Paula
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 15, 2014 at 1:06am

Frogger1, three weeks and "only" every other day?  heehee like Carafid1 said, enjoy while it lasts!  Are you going to graduation?    

mmaleigh, thanks for that!  Sounds like a great deal to take advantage of. 

Comment by mmaleigh on August 14, 2014 at 8:29pm

Just a heads up for those who are planning a visit, if you go to priceline there are rooms for $48 a night in downtown market square area at the holiday inn.  It's under the express deals =)

Comment by carafid1 on August 14, 2014 at 6:47am
I would kill to be able to see my son he is in Japan and it will be quite along time before I see his sweet face again. Be thankful for the time you do have it goes fast and off they go!
Comment by Frogger1 on August 13, 2014 at 9:36pm
I have not been here for awhile, been a crazy summer, a school has been kicking my son's butt. Have not been able to see him for 3 weeks and only only calling every other day. I'll be glad when graduation gets here.
Comment by DramaSoul on August 11, 2014 at 11:47pm

Marcy....LOVE the infographic! You always are spot on with this great information. Also the article on the green side Corpsman at 29 was awesome. Oorah!  It was kind of entertaining to hear my Corpsman explain to his great-aunt on how he joined the Navy to be in the Marines.'s a great ride and you are just starting out! My son is an 8404 (Field Med Corpsman) who went through FMTB West in Camp Pendleton and has been on a Marine base for a couple of years.He loves his Marines! My suggestion is just read all of the great information that is on this site and ask questions.

Are you going to PIR? 


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