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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 Tinker830 on February 18, 2018 at 6:57pm

Thank you plmont0429

Comment by plmont0429 on February 18, 2018 at 6:37pm

Tinker830 my sailor got a mailbox about  two weeks after arriving at A school at Fort Sam. I have been able to mail him packages there as well as have Amazon ship to him there. Your sailor will get their own mailbox when time allows and you can send things that way.

Comment by Tinker830 on February 18, 2018 at 4:15pm

Hello everyone, 

I have a question about sending a package to my Sailor in A school, can they receive packages or do they have to have them sent to  UPS store? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by DereksMom on February 8, 2018 at 3:28pm

@ Retta, We are in Florida, when our son was in A-School we took him off our insurance, he did not need a car in A-School and he does not need a car in the C-school he is in right now. When he finds out where he goes next, it will depend on if he needs a vehicle, if he does he will have his own insurance. He keeps his license as Florida residency until it expires and then renews it online for Florida. 

Comment by lisa on February 8, 2018 at 2:49pm

Hi Retta,

Our INS carrier is USAA, and we went around and around. They will not cover him under our policy since he is out state. Even though his license and home base is our home.   So we he had to get his own ins policy through them. 

Comment by Hospital Corpsmama on February 8, 2018 at 1:46am

Thank you NICUnurse&navymom for the info. I hope it all goes smoothly for my visit.

Comment by Carol on February 7, 2018 at 9:36pm
I have continued my son on our car insurance (Illinois). The insurance company(Country Financial) and I did go round and round on this, but it was felt his permanent residence is Illinois(home) and his drivers license is still from Illinois. He may move around and you can’t keep changing the DL and insurance. He also files his taxes in Illinois as well. It is an overwhelming matter!
Comment by Petra on February 7, 2018 at 9:27pm
We took him off our insurance. They can’t drive and then it depends where they are getting deployed.
Comment by Retta on February 7, 2018 at 9:10pm

I am wondering what any mom out there in the military world, did about their child’s car insurance? Our agency is saying they can’t be covered any longer due to not living in the same state. Any thoughts or suggestions 

Comment by Gundo Girl on February 7, 2018 at 6:31pm

Hi Lisa. Graduation is very low key.  Almost like a high school graduation!  It’s held in a very small Auditorium.  They let you walk around and get close to the stage for pictures.  There’s a hotel on base (Candelwood Suits 2426-2800 Scott Road, Ft. Sam Houston) but we just rented an Airbnb for the time we spent in Texas. 


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