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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: 1256
Latest Activity: 13 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

A School Graduation for Class 085

Started by Zacsmom. Last reply by LeonaLee yesterday. 6 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.

C School?

Started by JillMarie. Last reply by Victoria Feb 19. 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

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Comment by EAJmom 13 hours ago

Hi TriniMom and Chicago, graduations are usually held in the afternoons, 2pm, or 3pm.  Get there at least half hour early to find parking, buildings are not too far off though. Best to get your base pass the day before.

Comment by TriniMom yesterday

Good morning, My son is in class 135 at Fort Sam Houston and will graduate on July 26 but he doesn't know what time the graduation is.. Does anyone here heard from their sailor what time the graduation is and where it will be held?

Comment by VenturaMari on Monday

Hey Nursecin, my son is going to HM after PIR august 3! He will most likely fly out on Saturday as well.

Comment by Nursecin on Monday

Hi my son is going to HM after PIR August 17Th. It looks like he will likely leave Great Lakes the day after PIR. I’m happy to be able to join support groups! 

Comment by Chicago on June 29, 2018 at 9:52pm
Hi! My son is in class 130 at Fort Sam Houston and is set to graduate on the 19th of July but he doesn't know what time the graduation is.. Does anyone here have someone in class 130 that knows what time the graduation starts?
Comment by Navymom2 on June 20, 2018 at 10:54pm

Our son had to stick around the following day until his paperwork was completed. It was worth it since he enjoyed 2 weeks before reporting to his new assignment.

Comment by Ajsmom on June 20, 2018 at 5:16pm

godisgoodallthetime my son started leave the day after corp school graduation and had 10 days before reporting to VA but some of his buddies went straight to thier next duty stations

Comment by Godisgoodallthetime on June 20, 2018 at 12:10pm

Or, how long they have after graduation to be with family?

Comment by Godisgoodallthetime on June 20, 2018 at 12:10pm

Hi all,

Does anyone know if corpsman school graduates get leave before going to next station?


Comment by EAJmom on June 12, 2018 at 6:52pm

VenturaMari, we had Friday (after PIR) until 10pm and then spent 6 am until 10am  at the airport with our sailor before he flew down to San Antonio.  They start sending sailors to the airport in the middle of the night.  Just depends. 


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