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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: 1030
Latest Activity: 5 hours ago


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."  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.

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

Liberty Policies/Phases Info needed!!

Started by Bronco14. Last reply by Rca1234 on Sunday. 5 Replies

My sailor will head to San Antonio for A school within the next month or two. I am trying to get a feel for how the liberty phases are down there. I know that this all depends and can change on their specific command, but I'd love it if a few of you…Continue

Finishing up A school already!

Started by MidwestMomNancy Nov 11. 0 Replies

Although I have not posted much, I have appreciated knowing you all are there. I can hardly believe my son has completed A school and is now an HN! He will be heading to San Diego in just a few more days. It's been great to have him on leave,…Continue

How to replace lost or stolen Military ID?

Started by teresac. Last reply by MelonieM Sep 30. 2 Replies

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

HM Graduation Reflections

Started by DramaSoul. Last reply by Asia Sep 29. 12 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

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Comment by Squeak4me yesterday
Great to hear from you! We will definitely have to meet at both! Good luck!!
Comment by momofnm yesterday

My son is Ship 03 Div 053.  I cannot wait for that first call or letter.  This not knowing anything is doing a number on me.  Much love to you and your son also.  We will have to meet up at Great Lakes and then again in San Antonio!!

Comment by Squeak4me yesterday
That's awesome momofnm! What Ship/Div? My son is Ship 14 Div 056! Still waiting to hear from him. As I am sure you understand, I am going crazy (maybe a little more than normal) not knowing what or how he's doing. Much love to you and your son! ;)
Comment by momofnm on Saturday son also has PIR 08JAN16 and then A school at San Antonio for HMDT.
Comment by Squeak4me on Saturday
Ok, going to try again. I am really new to this & a new phone to struggle with. I just tried to post something so forgive me if it shows up twice. My SR's PIR date is 08JAN16 & then off to A School for HM. Glad I am able to read all of the posts on here so I am not in the dark too much when he goes to school. Thank you to all of you for your time in helping newbies like me though this difficult but very proud moments.
Comment by Bronco14 on Saturday
How does Christmas and leave work at A school?
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on November 16, 2015 at 1:43pm

Happy Monday!  Have you found yourself using the military alphabet yet?  :) 

Comment by NavyMom1108 on November 14, 2015 at 12:26am
Hello, my son just graduated this morning. He's heading to San Antonio soon. He was told he starts in Dec. Would they give him liberty?
Comment by Bronco14 on November 14, 2015 at 12:20am

Were any of your corpsmen fleet returnees when they went to A school in San Antonio? I have heard that fleet returnees are granted phase 3 liberty immediately, but am not sure if this is the case during corpsmen A school?

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on November 11, 2015 at 1:02pm

Brenda, contact Navy Medicine Training Support Center at Ft Sam Houston, hopefully they will have the answer - (210) 808-1445 or (210) 808-8594.  Navy Medicine Training Support Center "Welcome Aboard"


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