Field Medical Training Battalion - commonly called FMTB or Field Med is an eight week program that provides extensive training in advanced emergency medicine and tactical combat casualty care (TCCC, or T-triple-C) and the fundamentals of Marine Corps life. Physical conditioning, small arms familiarity, and basic battlefield tactics are part of this rigorous program. Here's a good explanation of the rating Navy Hospital Corpsman, with FMTB described in the third paragraph of the section "Organization":
FMTB East is located at Camp Johnson next to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
FMTB West is north of San Diego, just north of Oceanside at Camp Pendleton, California.
Boot camp lasts 8 weeks, then straight to A school at the new Medical Education & Training Campus (link: http://www.metc.mil) at Fort Sam Houston in the city of San Antonio for 14 weeks where he will be a Hospital Recruit (HR), becoming a Hospitalman (HN) upon graduation. As he moves up, he will be HM1, HM2, HM3.
Right now, most are then continuing on to Field Medical Training Battalion (commonly called FMTB, or Field Med, but not FMF) at either Camp Johnson, NC or Camp Pendleton, CA for 8 weeks, earning the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) of 8404.
New corpsmen will learn what their C School (chosen specialty, i.e. Surgical Technician) or first duty station will be towards the end of Corps School (A School). Some, by the way, don't opt for C school but keep the general NEC 0000 (quad-zero) out of A school instead. New corpsmen may be sent overseas, or stay stateside serving in hospitals and base clinics - but it all depends on the needs of the Navy at the time. Going with the Marines is commonly called going green; stateside, blue.
Here is more info about HM NEC's that are available to corpsmen: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/navynecs/a/hm.-urt.htm
Hi Deborah! Yes, FMTB-West is at Camp Pendleton. Carol and Vettespace have recent experience with 29 Palms training, so please post this question in the main group, they'll have good info for you. I don't think that verbal orders are 100% but that's just my impression? He should be getting it all in writing soon I'm sure. By the way, you may want to change your screen name; Navy for Moms admins ask that we not use last names on here, for the safety of our sailors :-) See you on the CM&D main page!
Thought I should post this here for any moms or dads who want to see what FMTB is all about! This was filmed during my son's class in late fall/early winter 2010. It's a real eye-opener!