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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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HM (Hospital Corps) "A" School in San Antonio

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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

WELCOME!! 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Members: 962
Latest Activity: 17 hours ago


WELCOME!

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/navy.mil, Overview from navylive.dodlive.com, 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.   https://www.dvidshub.net/video/455508/fmtb-east-command-video#.VvdFmMdH0_V

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 https://mypay.dfas.mil)     

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 NavyforMoms.com, but use common sense and caution before proceeding. Online chat safety tips

Once your sailor graduates from A School, more NavyforMoms.com 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 

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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

Intro

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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Comment by Tammy_Girl 17 hours ago

Buffmeister, we sent a care package with items mainly from Trader Joe's -- beef jerky, protein bars, pretzels, etc., though not food he sure appreciated items he was used to from home.  Congrats to your son.  My son just left that A-School this past April. 

Comment by mern 20 hours ago

Buffmeister- when my son was there we sent him Barilla ready pasta and parmesan cheese- no refrigeration needed, quick and easy for late night study. Other small things that they can microwave like that-I don't think they have a refrigerator in the room. so things like tuna packs or heat and eat things. Not always the "healthiest" but in a pinch it works. 

Comment by Buffmeister 23 hours ago

Hi everyone!  My son is at A school at Fort Sam.  He graduated boot camp on Nov. 1st.  He is waiting for the class to fill.  I believe he starts classes in a couple of weeks.  

So far my only concern is his eating.  He says the food is not that great and a mile away.  Any ideas on what healthy options he can keep in his room?

Thanks!

Comment by Martha on Saturday

Hi everyone! My daughter graduates boot camp yesterday and just arrived to San Antonio! We are excited for her to start this new journey, she knows she has to study study study :) nice to meet you everyone

Comment by Tammy_Girl on Saturday

VIII-I-MMIX - congrats to your brother.  Our son just graduated A-School in San Anton last week in April 2019.  That is awesome.  Great you have relatives close by too. 

Comment by HaveFAITH on Saturday

Hello everyone. Just want to introduce myself. My brother is on the last week of bootcamp. We are hopeful that he will be graduating on November 15th and will be heading to A school in San Antonio I’m assuming the following day. I am very excited to visit TX again because we have several cousins who live there, the nearest is in Austin and the rest are in Houston. I have been reading info here and I’m glad to learn from everyone’s experiences and thoughts. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend. 

Comment by yapackers on October 25, 2019 at 8:03pm

Hi!  I'm new here.  We have a daughter who is 3 weeks into Boot Camp & staying positive all goes well & she'll graduate the day before Thanksgiving & then heading to A-School..It been quite the road & she's hanging in there.

Comment by Dreytown on October 22, 2019 at 6:02pm

Hi, jillybean and JMCorpsmanMom. Believe me, he's studying - mostly. My son didn't study well for the 1st test. The result kept him studying & off the phone. Also, rules are no phone when walking on base (or in public, if wearing a uniform), the chow lines are long. Free time's a commodity. Someone said boys don't call home as often as girls. True that - you're not alone:)

Comment by Tammy_Girl on October 22, 2019 at 8:22am

My son graduated A School this past April.  I sent a few care packages and he really enjoyed that.  I got the largest priority box and you can stuff it and only pay one price.  If it fits — it ships.  We didn’t hear from our son that much.  If we did it was just on the weekends.  

Comment by jillybean on October 21, 2019 at 11:02pm

Hi JMCorpsmanMom, I'm kind new here too. My son has been in A school for just over a month now. He doesn't write or call us much, so I hope that means he's studying. He will get to come home for Christmas - New Years. Take care! 

 
 
 

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