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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!  

Admin:  Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

WELCOME!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 1276
Latest Activity: yesterday


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 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.   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.  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 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:

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

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Discussion Forum

Graduation Dates

Started by Californiamom on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Does anyone know graduation dates for class 235 of HM school?Continue

A School Graduation for Class 085

Started by Zacsmom. Last reply by krikris Aug 9. 7 Replies

We are attending our sailor's Class 085 graduation on May 16, 2018.  Does anyone know the procedure to get on base?  I have no idea where to go and even where I can go to find out!  Any help would be MUCH appreciated!  Continue

Lodging for A school graduation

Started by Tinker830. Last reply by EAJmom May 12. 5 Replies

My Sailors graduation date was moved up to June 6th and I was wondering about lodging, we are really on a budget right now. Looking for something close to base because I may be going alone. Any suggestions?

Wishing for more information

Started by Navysister17. Last reply by Owlhunter Mar 18. 5 Replies

My sister has graduated from A school and soft orders were for Cuba is there anyway to get a confirmation on that. She has cut off communication with the family. Last text was on Feb 25.

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Comment by Bugsmom on Thursday

My daughter is currently in BC and going to A school for HM1. Was thinking of getting her a watch as she currently does nth have one. Going into medical she will need one with a sweep hand.  Anyone have suggestions/ recommendations?  Thanks!!

Comment by VenturaMari on October 9, 2018 at 11:45am
LeonaLee,
Thanks for the reply. When did you son get to A school? He is going to Camp LeJeune. I was hoping for Pendleton, then he would be close. He did say he will have 38 days in Temporary Holding before it all starts. He said he would know more on the 21st. Hopefully he will get to come home for a while. He did does know where he will be stationed after LeJeune, so that's a plus.
Comment by LeonaLee on October 9, 2018 at 11:31am
VenturaMari Our son graduates in November, also. The day before Thanksgiving. We plan to be there. He told me this week that some have gotten their orders and some have not but he'll go to Camp LeJeune or Pendleton. He's happy about either one.FMTB does not begin until January so not sure what he'll be doing until that time.
Comment by VenturaMari on October 9, 2018 at 11:04am
Does anyone know where they go for FMTB training? Do they get to take leave before going? My son finishes Mid November, just before Thanksgiving. It seems most of the males in his class are going to the greenside!
Comment by SusanKav on September 24, 2018 at 2:52pm

I am woefully ignorant - I don't know what Division my son is in, I don't get that level of detail from him as he's older, probably on the old side for this group, coming from a different assignment, not fresh out of boot camp. It sounds like they may be able to take some leave at Thanksgiving or Christmas or both so that would likely make their graduation sometime in late January or early Feb?

Comment by casey04lynn on September 24, 2018 at 10:37am
My son got there 9/15 & actual medical classes begin on Wednesday this week. He did have to do some certification work last week. I thought he said everyone had to do that week 1 before classes start (but I’m not sure). I’m also not sure graduation date with the holidays, but he did say they can use up to 14 days at Christmas.
Comment by DaisyRose on September 24, 2018 at 10:23am

SusanKav I don't know however my son thought he would receive information on Tuesday.  He did seem to think that he would be able to come home for Christmas, but I'm not sure.  My son was in div 371, what div was your son in?

Comment by SusanKav on September 24, 2018 at 10:18am

Hello All, My son is also in the group starting HM in San Antonio today.  Does anyone have an idea of when graduation for this class will be?  Also, will they have Thanksgiving and Christmas off? I know class is 14 weeks but I think the holidays may stretch it out. 

Comment by DaisyRose on September 23, 2018 at 11:45pm
Hello San Antonio, Texas. My son just graduated from boot camp on 9/21/2018 and he is now in San Antonio. His goal is to become an endodontist. He is excited to start school tomorrow. Time to start planning for my trip to see him graduate. I'm guessing it will be near the end of February. Anyway, just wanted to join the group to start my new learning and preparing as time goes by so quickly. Hello to all!
Comment by mern on September 23, 2018 at 3:32pm

Jvcts2018  my son is there- he is class 210 and his grad date isNov 8. do you know your sailors class #

 
 
 

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