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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, Wigglyturtle, Britt<3CorpsmanWife, Lizziebear0803_corpsmanswife

WELCOME to the party and the roller coaster!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 1000
Latest Activity: yesterday


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/, 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

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."

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.

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     

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

HM Graduation Reflections

Started by DramaSoul. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Aug 18. 11 Replies

1proudmom....I have pasted what I wrote on 5 July about my experience at the HM graduation. It was back on page 59 or thereabouts.Katze, what Jana said is very true.  It is far more intimate and personal.  There were 88 graduates and only a handful…Continue


Started by Asia. Last reply by amber02888 Aug 5. 1 Reply

Hey all! I just booked my tickets to go see my husband Labor Day weekend and was wondering about hotels and cab fare! They quoted him 99 a night for the super 8 on base but I'm a Marriott employee and was wondering if I should just go that route I…Continue


Started by Asia. Last reply by Asia Jul 31. 8 Replies

My husband hasn't started classes yet I believe he is class 205 my lease is about to be up and I have no idea what to do or how he could sign it (renew) it and U.S. Still be protected bc we know I won't be where I am now for another year but I don't…Continue

What to Bring to A School in GL

Started by ckathy122. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jul 23. 2 Replies

Any input is greatly appreciated...  my  daughter will be attending A school and C school in GL and I want to make sure I bring what is needed..any advice??  Thanks all Continue

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Comment by Vee on Monday

Hello everyone. I wanted to find out if all carriers were allowed on base to make deliveries. I want to send a care package to my sailor and was wondering which to use (USPS, FedEX or UPS)  Any tips would be very appreciated. Thank you :)

Comment by Mo HA on Monday

Thank you Marcy - Corpsman Mom!! Great article. Those FMF corpsman are dedicated and selfless. I pray for each one. May their families be supportive and strong. NMHs

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on Sunday

For those whose corpsmen will go on to Field Medical Training Battalion - and nearly all corpsmen do eventually, whether they are going FMF or not - here is an special report about FMTB from this month's Sea Power magazine, published by the Navy League of the United States.  It starts on page 38.

Comment by Trish from Texas on Saturday

DREW7062 - Our son needed an entire day to sleep once he got to Japan, but they adjust pretty fast.  The time difference was tough for us, but we Skype between 8pm-midnight Friday and Saturday (our time) which is late morning Saturday and Sunday for them. 

Our son is in Okinawa, first at one base, but now another.  The clinic he is attached to required them to purchase cell phones so that they could be contacted for emergencies.  He doesn't use the cell phone to call home since that would cost him more.  We use Skype for video calls twice a week when he's on base.  His orders were for 2 years (I think most are) and so he picks orders in a few weeks and will transfer to his next duty station next May.  We're praying the next duty station is MUCH closer to Texas, or at least in the U.S. :)

Last year he was fairly new to the base, so he only got 12 days of leave to come home for Christmas.  They gain a day coming home, but then lose 2 days going back, and they really need a few days of rest to get re-acclimated to the time difference, so that cut into his leave quite a bit.  This year, they had a week off right after a float, so we met halfway in Hawaii to cut down on his travel and expenses.  The ticket home last year was about $1,500 for business class.  This Christmas, they have approved his leave for longer, so he'll be able to come home for Christmas again.  

I hope your son enjoys his time in Japan.  Our son has really enjoyed visiting the surrounding communities and all the restaurants.  They are so busy there that the time seems to just fly by!   

Comment by DREW7062 on Saturday
Trishmim: my son is in Yokoska or however you pronounce it lol. I'm excited for him how did your son adjust to the time change OMG I don't know if I could get used to sleeping while we're awake and vice versus. Lol how does your son like Japan and what part is he in? How lone is he signed for? My son is signed for 2 years. Tell me does your son have a cell phone and if so how does he use it to call the U.S. he has emailed me. Has your son been back home in that year or have you visited him? I know a lot of questions. Lol
I hope you enjoy your day
Comment by Trish from Texas on Friday

my2navygirls - I don't visit this site as often as I used to since our son has been in Japan for over a year now, but I saw your post today and wanted to tell you I understand what you must have been feeling.  I'm a prior Navy corpsman myself (Gulf War).  I have had a lot of learning to do since our son joined the Navy.  Things have definitely changed over the years.  I remember we used to get paid tickets to go home for a visit before jetting off across the world to a new duty station, and especially now that our son is in Japan, that would really come in handy, believe me!  So many things about today's Navy are much better, though, and far outweigh the few perks we used to have. 

In particular, the changes to the G.I. Bill make it so much easier for our kids to get the college education they earn by serving our country.  They have way more opportunities to earn college credit, and complete job certifications while they are active duty, too.  There's no other "job" I know of that has the benefits of the military. 

With housing and food taken care of, our son decided to put away a small part of his paychecks into a savings account he builds up to help pay for his airline tickets home (usually around Christmas), and we pay the rest.   He hasn't been able to visit every year, due to deployments and such, but when he's on base, we Skype at least once a week.  We also email almost daily wherever he's at. 

Marcy made a great point about remembering this is the beginning of their career.  I keep that in mind whenever I am feeling anxious about scheduling issues.  We may not know until the last minute when he's coming home, but we know he's going to get a lot out of this experience and have opportunities to succeed in life whether he decides to stay in or make a career out of it.  He gets a sense of independence and achievement and we know he's learning, growing, fed, housed, and living within a set of pretty rigid guidelines which keeps them much safer than if they were out there on their own.  For sure!  :)

On his last float (deployment), I was telling him about some crazy stuff we did on the ship when we didn't have patients to treat, and he joked back, "Hey, Mom, did you know that we don't actually row the boats by hand anymore?".  Ha, ha, ha!  See?  Things DO change for the better, sometimes!  LOL! 

Comment by Trish from Texas on Friday

DREW7062 - What a coincidence!  Our son has been in Japan for over a year now and we've been emailing while he'd been on a deployment for the last few months.  He mentioned that a couple of new corpsman were arriving about the same time they were getting back (yesterday).  Your son must be one of the new guys! 

Not sure what you're son brought with him, but when the corpsman rotate out, they usually have some big items to sell, like cars, new TV's, etc.  Buying a huge, new, TV from a sailor transferring back to the U.S. for about $75 is pretty common...and a pretty great deal!

Comment by DREW7062 on August 27, 2015 at 2:22pm
Navy mom : my son started A school in San Antonio April 24 week and he graduated August 4 and came home for 2 weeks and arrived in Japan yesterday. I'm so proud of him. And good luck to you and yours!
Comment by Bobbi H on August 27, 2015 at 2:02pm
Hey Navy Mom. My son just graduated 8/18 and finished to leave base 8/21. He arrived 5/2. The days she is including may also be the first almost 2 weeks are spent in briefings and don't count as classroom days. Hope that helps clarify.
Comment by Navy Mom on August 27, 2015 at 1:47pm

Hi everyone. My daughter just went through PIR on August 21 and is now at A School in San Antonio to be a corpsman. You site says that the training is for 94 days, but my daughter says that it is 115 days excluding weekends. Can you help clear things up?


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