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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: 1319
Latest Activity: 14 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


Started by Tammy_Girl 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

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 on Thursday. 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

Start Dates for School

Started by PhillyMom. Last reply by RNmom Jan 24. 5 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

Graduation Dates

Started by Californiamom Oct 17, 2018. 0 Replies

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Tammy_Girl on February 1, 2019 at 9:03pm

A twin size mattress is 38 inches wide by 75 inches long

A twin XL size mattress is 38 inches wide by 80 inches long

Comment by A 10 on February 1, 2019 at 8:40pm

Thanks all - my daughter says it looks like a regular twin. I sent her a mattress topper because she says she can feel the springs poking through. I guess I'll let you all know if it's too short! 

Comment by VenturaMari on January 31, 2019 at 5:27pm

I just asked my son, who just graduated a few months ago, and he thinks they were extra long. He is 6' and he wasn't hanging off the end of the bed.

Comment by Tammy_Girl on January 31, 2019 at 5:25pm

I was hoping it was a twin XL.   

Comment by Tammy_Girl on January 31, 2019 at 5:23pm

Twin because that’s how it looked on Face Time.   

Comment by A 10 on January 31, 2019 at 2:32pm

Anyone know what size the beds are at METC?

Comment by mern on January 30, 2019 at 2:11pm

Once class starts they will be busy. When they phase up and can go off base- they tend to really enjoy that. My son liked to go dancing and to the river walk. We liked that we could facetime and talk to him more than RTC. 

Comment by Catherine on January 29, 2019 at 10:54pm

I heard from my Sailor today. No mail box yet and he is hoping by the end of the week or next week.  He has a list of a few things he'd like from home.  I put his winter gear all in storage since I know he won't need that!  He says when they phase up, they can start wearing some civilian clothes for certain things.  

I asked about classes and he was asked to wait a week to start since he has some of the certifications already.  He said the instructor asked him to wait and help out with the orientation for the next class that will start on Monday.  He is ok with doing that but is still anxious to get started. I guess we are on Navy time now!

Comment by Tammy_Girl on January 29, 2019 at 9:25pm

Marianne, awww, no, you're not in the dark.  We're here.  Yea, the address can take awhile.  My son's PIR was 12/14/18 and would say I got an address about 2 weeks ago.  He keep saying that he hadn't gotten his P.O. box # yet.  HIs address is Fort Sam Houston.  But there is a # that is specifically for him.  Sounds like he has access to his very own mail box.

We are here for you.

Comment by Marianne on January 29, 2019 at 6:23pm

@Caherine and @Tammy-together is the only way I'll make it.  You know - they never talked about this side of parenting in the "What to expect when you're expecting" books.  I left his room but moved the box to send to A School into the closet because I couldn't take looking at it anymore. I don't even have an address yet...Do they have to earn permission from that too? Sometimes I think I won't look on here anymore cause I feel like I'm so in the dark. Thanks for listening.


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