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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

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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: 957
Latest Activity: on Friday


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

Death in the family

Started by Worldtravel4ever. Last reply by Worldtravel4ever Jul 31. 5 Replies

My mother just passed away today, and of course I have to let our sailor know. I am worried though because I just don’t want to derail my sailor in A school. I notified the Red Cross and am waiting to hear back from my sailor. Has anyone had…Continue

A School Graduation in San Antonio

Started by wfhcs. Last reply by mern May 30. 3 Replies

My son graduates on June 5th from A School. I am trying to verify the time of the graduation so I can book a flight in and out that day.  He understood it to be at 10am or 12pm.  I was trying to see if it is a set time.  Thanks again,Continue

Photographs from Graduation

Started by m3mmarianne May 16. 0 Replies

Does anyone have access to the photos from graduation yesterday or know where we can search?  Thank you in advance.Continue


Started by AmyBeth1991. Last reply by NavyMoeder May 4. 4 Replies

I think I sent everyone a message,  when I thought I was posting. Please forgive me. I didn't see this until after. I have a son at HM school who will graduate next month. Any advice appreciated.  I will be flying to San Antonio.  My husband is a…Continue

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

Comment by Donita on Tuesday

Hi, my name is Donita. My daughter Sarah is at boot camp right now. She arrived at boot camp on October 2nd.

Comment by jillybean on September 15, 2019 at 6:59pm

Hello soon to be friends, my Sailor just arrived in San Antonio for A school. I just wanted to check in and say hi. 

Comment by rwtennisgal on July 17, 2019 at 2:11pm

Hello.  My son will graduate boot camp soon and is headed to corpsman A school.  Just looking to see what kind of info is available.  I know he has made some friends in his division that are attending as well.

Comment by Tammy_Girl on May 30, 2019 at 8:10am

Great news for your son.  

Comment by 2BoysMomTN on May 29, 2019 at 10:35pm

Hi All - I am a brand new Navy Mom - 2 weeks into Boot Camp as of today. Wow! I knew it was going to be difficult, but I had no idea how difficult. I didn't realize I could miss my son so much!  I have talked to him 2 times since the midnight "i'm here" call. Once yesterday - he sounded like a recording letting me know that he had passed his baselines and was set to graduate on 7/19. Then today, apparently with bad news that he had a medical issue and was going to be set back. While we were on the phone and excited Petty Officer came in to tell him he was cleared. He has a MD appt tomorrow, but I'm guessing if they cleared him for grad this afternoon, a few hours after having an ultrasound, it was okay and his superiors had been made aware?? Keeping my fingers crossed that I am correct. He will be heading to TX for A School. Couldn't be a prouder Mom!!  Looking forward to getting to know you all and staying sane!!  

Comment by Tammy_Girl on May 22, 2019 at 9:41pm

My son got a laptop but it broke and he never needed one. 

Comment by Worldtravel4ever on May 22, 2019 at 8:38pm

Mern, thanks for the insight.

Thanks ladies for the welcome. 

Mern we don’t live far from each other at all. :)

Comment by mern on May 22, 2019 at 5:25pm


My son took his laptop to A school. He's not a big gamer, and i was worried he might get distracted too. No they don't need it but it was nice for him to have. Your son sounds like he knows when it's time to study he does. They are busy but we were able to facetime and that was a plus.  

Comment by Worldtravel4ever on May 22, 2019 at 4:35pm

I have a question for you more experienced moms in the group. Will my son need a computer? He has a lap top at home, but I don’t want him to get distracted from his studies while in A school. Fortunately he isn’t a huge gamer and he already has a year and a half of college under his belt, so he knows what to do to make the grade. However, it is easy to get distracted and sucked into the outside world, particularly when homesick. Does he need that laptop to study or does A school provide all he needs for the 3 months he is there?

Comment by mikes mom on May 21, 2019 at 11:00pm

Hi Anita !

You're just starting out and I'm finally I'm my way out ! I've been a military mom for 18 years .... My Corpsman is finishing his 11th year ... He's retiring  ...  

The experience is amazing  ... Enjoy  all your visits  to every base ... I've met a lot of great people  .... 



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