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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: 1322
Latest Activity: on Tuesday


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

Start Dates for School

Started by PhillyMom. Last reply by PhillyMom Feb 26. 6 Replies

Good morning,Does anyone know the start date of classes?  My son will be graduating basic Nov 30.  I curious to know if he will be on casual status for the month of Dec when he arrives at A school.  Any information would be appreciated. Thanks so…Continue


Started by Tammy_Girl. Last reply by Catherine Feb 20. 1 Reply

Greetings HM Group -- are you starting to find out the orders of where your sailors are headed next.  We did, but unsure if I should post.  I probably should ask my son first.  But apparently most should be getting orders for the sailors that…Continue

Personal items at A school

Started by becathena73. Last reply by kkxdmom Feb 13. 11 Replies

I was wondering if any one knew it the sailors are allowed to have personal bedding items at A school. The reason I ask is I am wanting to make my sailor a blanket as a Congratulations on finishing RTC kind of thing but don't know if he will be able…Continue

Graduation Dates

Started by Californiamom Oct 17, 2018. 0 Replies

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

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of HM (Hospital Corps) "A" School in San Antonio to add comments!

Comment by PhillyMom on October 30, 2018 at 11:25am

updated link for Navy Credentialing Opportunites Online (Navy COOL) for HM is below:

Comment by PhillyMom on October 29, 2018 at 8:04am

Good morning,

Does anyone know the start date of classes?  My son will be graduating basic Nov 30.  I curious to know if he will be on casual status for the month of Dec when he arrives at A school.  Any information would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

Comment by sherrifm on October 22, 2018 at 7:52am

Wcpunk4, he should be able to contact you anytime now, except during working hours.  I usually hear from my girl either 530am or after 500pm their time (central).  Hope that is helpful! 

Comment by Wcpunk4 on October 21, 2018 at 10:04pm
My son should of arrived to a school today!! When will he be able to contact me
Comment by Bugsmom on October 17, 2018 at 8:54pm

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
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.

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