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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: 951
Latest Activity: 4 hours ago

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

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

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom yesterday. 162 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

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

How to replace lost or stolen Military ID?

Started by teresac. Last reply by ashley1015 Feb 19. 1 Reply

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

Graduation from San Antonio

Started by Kat72. Last reply by MelonieM Feb 15. 13 Replies

Hi All, My son is scheduled to graduated on March 27th, can anyone tell me what to expect?  I do know my son is in the SOC-P program and has had to maintain a certain GPA to continue in the program, I am pretty sure that means that he has to remain…Continue

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Tuesday

IMO, the most valuable tune-up for Hospital Corps A School is an EMT-Basic exam review book that covers anatomy and physiology, airway, and trauma emergencies.  The coloring books and flashcards are probably more useful to a student taking a course that is solely A&P.  (I've taken both the EMT course, and college A&P I and II).  Just my opinion :)  Amazon has several.  

Comment by mygemforever on Monday

 tori'smom, I just bought the Anatomy coloring book & Flash Cards through  I bought the Anatomy flashcards by J. Tillotson & Anatomy coloring book by Kaplan. ,

Comment by SailorMom on February 27, 2015 at 5:14pm
My son graduates next Thursday 3/5, I'm not able to make it. Anyone else have graduates that would be willing to take pictures for me?
Comment by TNT on February 27, 2015 at 11:32am

A good place to get the anatomy flash cards and coloring book is

My son has been at Fort Sam for 4 weeks, training for 3 weeks, we live close and was able to bring him civilian clothing and shoes, after he phased up and was allowed to wear them.

There are multiple malls/department stores where they can purchase anything they want/need. Just a taxi ride away.

Hope this helps.

Comment by tori'smom on February 26, 2015 at 9:36am

Good morning,  I have the same question about the flash cards and anatomy coloring book.  Can anyone suggest where to get them or the names of each.  Also can they take anything other than their phone and computer?  Anything else they will need when they first get there?  Thanks for any help you can provide! :)

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on February 14, 2015 at 1:14am

Happy Valentine's Day, moms!!

Comment by motherinlaw on February 10, 2015 at 10:57pm
Hi everyone,
My future son in law will be leaving for boot camp on March 2nd (hospital corpsman) He was told today that he will be attending both BC & A school at Ft. Sam Houston. I'm just trying to learn as much as possible so that I can help both he and my daughter transition.
He comes from a Navy family so that has been helpful, but never the less it's new to my daughter and I. They are young and in love she is my only child and will be graduating, turning 18, getting married and becoming a military spouse, moving to who knows where and starting her first year of college one thing right after the other. Needless to say I'm pretty overwhelmed.
Comment by mygemforever on February 10, 2015 at 5:37pm

Hello Everyone. My son will be graduating from BC on 3/13/2015 and will go to San Antonio , TX for A School. I have been hearing about the Anatomy flashcards and coloring book. Does anyone have a idea which kind/author is good? I am just preparing for my son. Any thoughts would be appreciated !

Comment by Maria ( 9/132 - HM- 04-2011) on February 10, 2015 at 8:03am
Once out of bc they can have pretty much everything they want. They just don't want to accumulate tony has since they have to take it with them when they go to their 1st duty station
Comment by MelonieM on February 10, 2015 at 2:02am
My daughter also flew into San Antonio on 2/7/15. I was wondering what they can have in terms of personal items and electronics? Any information is appreciated.

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