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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!  

Admin:  Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom


Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 1221
Latest Activity: on Monday


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 this pdf with 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.

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.  Video:  "What's FMTB-W REALLY Like"

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:

5/17 Video: Intro to Medical Education Training Campus San Antonio 


Discussion Forum

C School?

Started by JillMarie. Last reply by Victoria on Monday. 9 Replies

Hi there, my name is Jill. New Navy Mom here. My son left for Great Lakes on 2/5 and I'm trying to soak up as much information as I can. He will go on to A School in San Antonio for his Hospital Corpsman rating. I keep hearing about C school and…Continue

Graduation for class of DEC 2017

Started by PumPum Dec 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi all, I wonder if any of you here has sailor in class of early 12/2017 and if you know when they will have their graduation? also when they will be able to choose and know their next order?My sailor was there since 11/2017 and class started first…Continue


Started by Lizzie_Corpsmanwife. Last reply by Ajsmom Dec 28, 2017. 8 Replies

Hey I have a question. Wondering about packages for our sailors in A school. My husband wants me to send him a few things and wondering if I can send a big package or how does that work? Any info is highly appreciated thanks moms/SOs :)

Tags: info, packages, care, aschool

Visiting for Thanksgiving

Started by lgallagher16. Last reply by Ajsmom Nov 21, 2017. 3 Replies

Our daughter just arrived in San Antonio today and we are talking about visiting over Thanksgiving.  She really would like to have a "home" cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  Are there any recommendations for hotels near by that have full kitchens /…Continue

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Comment by DereksMom on October 30, 2017 at 11:09am

My son has been in San Antonio A School since August 26. He too will be coming home for Christmas before he heads out to his next base. What had worked for us, may work for others or may not. When he left Basic we brought a suitcase filled with his computer, cloths etc. and gave it to him at airport in Chicago. He was able to check it in and we have not mailed anything yet. Anything else he needed he would walk to Px or commissary for. Everything is walking distance he said. 

Comment by Gundo Girl on October 29, 2017 at 4:58pm
Hi Partyofseven. There are so many places to stay. The base is pretty much centrally located. We stayed close to River Walk the first time we visited. It was about 15 min car ride to the base. The 2nd visit we actually rented an Airbnb. My son has full liberty and can stay off base 5pm Friday to 10pm Sunday. I would wait until your son has phase 3 liberty before you visit. You really won’t be able to do much with him before that. My son will not be able to come home for Thanksgiving but he’ll be finished with A school and will be home for 10 days at Christmas. My son was helping all the new recruits get settled, yesterday. Chances are my son was with yours at some point yesterday!
Comment by Ulla22 on October 29, 2017 at 4:12pm

Hello, my son graduated Great Lakes boot camp on Friday. Arrived in San Antonio yesterday noon. Called me upon arrival. Have not heard anything since the. Trying to pack his phone, computer, clothe etc. to send to him. Is there anyway to contact him, since he does not have a phone. I am a newbie. Any help is appreciated. Thank you

Comment by partyofseven on October 24, 2017 at 12:06pm

Hi Leslie, 

My son got there on Sat. Nice to meet you. 

Hi Gundo Girl- it's nice to meet you. My son got there on Sat. Where is the best place to stay out there? Can we stay on base? 

Will they get liberty for Thanksgiving and Xmas?

Thanks for all your help. 


Comment by partyofseven on October 24, 2017 at 11:04am

Hi everyone,

I am new here. My son just graduated from bc and is now here at A school. Just wanted to say hi. 

Comment by Gundo Girl on October 22, 2017 at 1:31pm
Hi Leslie, my son has been at Fort Sam since August. I have also been to visit him to I might be able to answer some of your questions
Comment by Leslie on October 22, 2017 at 11:40am
My daughter just arrived in San Antonio last night? Lots of questions! This is a huge transition from boot camp from what she's said so far. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
Comment by Ajsmom on October 13, 2017 at 4:48pm

they fly out of 2 of the 3 airport My son flew out of Ohare on Sept 2 after PIR Sept 1. Can't wait till Thanksgiving. taking my camper down for the week so even if they have to be back on base every night we will get to spend time with him.

Comment by Babybird98 on October 1, 2017 at 4:34pm
Does anyone know the next graduation date?
Comment by jennifer on September 24, 2017 at 12:37pm
Magpie...thank you. I was wondering how it went. I love San Antonio too. We had a talk and decided no to going.He said he hopes to graduate and come home for a couple days. We have a grandbaby due at that time and that is what is makimg me so wishy washy! So many unknowns and I like to plan! So glad it was a good time. Congrats to your son and you!! Does he get to visit home?

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