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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: 1178
Latest Activity: 9 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 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

HM Graduation Reflections

Started by DramaSoul. Last reply by partyofseven Sep 22. 14 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

Visiting your student: Hotel and other recommendations by corpsman moms for the San Antonio area; directions and a map of Ft. Sam Houston

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Sep 17. 21 Replies

Headed to San Antonio for a visit or to graduation?  I've compiled these recommendations from moms' postings; click the links to view.pdf:  …Continue

A School Questions after PIR

Started by CTMom. Last reply by CTMom Aug 14. 12 Replies

I sent you all a  message by accident, sorry!I wanted to know when my SR will find out which day she will be flying to TX for A school after her PIR. Will it be weeks before or days before that she finds out. Also, will she get time off for the…Continue

Available for Ft. Sam students

Started by R'smom. Last reply by jennifer Aug 13. 4 Replies

Hi San Antonio A school parents,I live here in San Antonio about 10 minutes from Fort Sam Houston. My son leaves for BC on Monday, and after PIR (Oct?) will be going to A School here in SA. I'm beyond thrilled that he will be here in town so that we…Continue

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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 Laughternpassion on October 5, 2017 at 4:29pm

Hello everyone, My son is currently at recruit training. Do you know what airport in IL the recruits fly out of when they go to A school in San Antonio? 

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?
Comment by Magpie on September 24, 2017 at 12:31pm

Jennifer, graduation was awesome!  I went the day before and took my son and his buddies out to dinner.  The graduation was the next day at 3 p.m. in an auditorium and was wonderful!  Each corpsman walked across the stage and the instructor announced their rank, name and their next duty station.  They unfortunately went so fast I couldn't snap a pic.  They didn't have each one stop and face the audience so I missed out.  Otherwise, it was a great experience!  Anyone who is interested should stay at the IHG Candlewood on base.  Beautiful accommodations!

Comment by my3sons on September 21, 2017 at 4:24pm

Good to know about bringing cash for "stuff" I am planning on attending the meet and greet also. I will have to remember the seat cushions..

Comment by jennifer on September 21, 2017 at 2:00pm
Well..I love retail here are a few items I didnt know about. They sell division coins and dicision t-shirts at graduation. So if interested have cash. Also nice picture magnet calendars of the sarges meet and greet there are all kinds of things to to buy and get monogrammed while you wait. I got a Navy sweatshirt with a glitter anchor on the arm. Its one of my favorites. If you stay at Navy lodge they give you a pass to the Nex. You can only be in the front part of store without your Sailor. My husband enjoyed that. Then we got home...and said what why did I get all this stuff! We also got to graduation at 7 when the doors open and sat in first row in front of division sign. We thought it was a great spot and you could get to them so quick for that hug! Bring seat cushions and tissues! Good luck!
Comment by my3sons on September 21, 2017 at 1:49pm

Thanks jennifer, I am excited to see him and yes it will be here soon already making our travel arrangements !

Comment by jennifer on September 21, 2017 at 1:42pm
Hi my3sons. My guy seems to like A school. Your guy will be there before you know it! Hard to believe Nov is right around the corner.
Comment by my3sons on September 21, 2017 at 12:20pm

Hi just joined the group, my son is still in BC with a PIR 11/03 and then he will be headed to A school. 


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