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HM (Hospital Corps) A School in San Antonio

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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, Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife, Wigglyturtle

WELCOME!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 1061
Latest Activity: Jun 18

WELCOME!

Please say Hi and introduce yourself in the Comments section.

ALL the info at these links is relevant to your corpsman.

About the HM Rate,  HM Rating Card/navy.mil, Overview from navylive.dodlive.com, 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

Liberty Phases at A School:  Liberty Phases 

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.  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.  Anderson Hall (MIF 4) is on Cpl Johnson Road between Garden and Womack, and there is a parking lot on Cpl Johnson Rd across the street.

Navy Medicine Training Support Center, San Antonio, TX -  see tabs "Visitor Info" and "Student Life."  For your sailor heading to A School:  "NMTSC Welcome Aboard."

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 SCHEDULE:  your sailor is your best source for date, time and any changes.  Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program on Facebook is NOT an official page, but they do post some photos of graduations.

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.

VIDEO:  What to expect at Fleet Medical Battalion-East.   https://www.dvidshub.net/video/455508/fmtb-east-command-video#.VvdFmMdH0_V

Field Medical Training Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, NC official website  then -> Students -> Course Description

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 https://mypay.dfas.mil)     

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 NavyforMoms.com, but use common sense and caution before proceeding. Online chat safety tips

Once your sailor graduates from A School, more NavyforMoms.com 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:

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by HM__Mom Ruth. Last reply by ddandcc Jun 14. 174 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

Corpsman NECs and C school locations (list)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by navywife4life Jun 14. 21 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

Marriage/Moving After A school Question!

Started by Bronco14. Last reply by Bronco14 Feb 19. 4 Replies

Hi ladies,I need some help! My sailor is about half way through A School at Ft Sam. He recently received his soft orders for a naval hospital on the east coast. I currently live in San Antonio "with" him so we are also planning on moving me out to…Continue

Personal items at A school

Started by becathena73. Last reply by Bobbi H Jan 22. 7 Replies

I was wondering if any one knew it the sailors are allowed to have personal bedding items at A school. The reason I ask is I am wanting to make my sailor a blanket as a Congratulations on finishing RTC kind of thing but don't know if he will be able…Continue

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Comment by Catherine on June 18, 2016 at 7:01pm
Welcome Adams mom Good luck to your Sailor!!!
Comment by AdamS mom on June 18, 2016 at 6:42pm

My sailor graduated from BC Friday and arrived in Texas today. So very proud of him

Comment by Dutchess on June 15, 2016 at 10:53am

My daughter has verbal orders for Iwakuni, Japan when she graduates C school next month. Does anyone have someone that is stationed there?

Comment by momofnm on May 29, 2016 at 8:41am
Catherine Welcome to San Antonio. My son just finished A school & starts C school there this week.
Comment by Catherine on May 29, 2016 at 12:30am
My Sailor arrived in Texas tonight,so excited for this next phase of my Sailor's life
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 23, 2016 at 12:24am

Congratulations and welcome!!

Comment by Denisep216 on May 23, 2016 at 12:20am

Hello Everyone!  My sailor graduated BC on Friday.  She landed in Texas lastnight. Im excited for this 2nd phase of her Navy life! God Bless

Comment by Lauren on May 17, 2016 at 11:54am

I just checked with my son about the coin, I was going to buy it for him and he already bought it, so glad I checked!  But it is a beautiful coin, I may just get one for myself!

Comment by meadechef on May 17, 2016 at 10:39am

Thank you Marcy for the info. I am going to order one for our son. 

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on May 16, 2016 at 7:46pm

Hi meadechef, you have to go to the link and order.  I don't have anything to do with it  :)  They are being sold by the corpsmen in Hawaii to raise funds for their Ball in June.   Here's the link again:  https://squareup.com/store/hospital-corps-birthday-ball/item/hospit...  And one more thing, it turns out these are larger than traditional coins, in fact coin is a misnomer.  It is fairly heavy and measures about 3" x 3.5".  I just received it and it's really great quality and will be quite a gift for a keepsake.  Very glad I ordered.

BTW, you'll see in the future that corpsmen at different commands raise funds for their annual Corpsman Ball by designing and selling T shirts and coins and do everything from hot dog sales to car washes.  The Corpsman Ball committee is a good activity for corpsmen to get involved with.

 
 
 

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