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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



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: 964
Latest Activity: Jun 8


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, 2019. 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, 2019. 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, 2019. 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, 2019. 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 Kathy from Texas HMDA on May 2, 2011 at 2:50pm

My daughter got there Saturday, says class up will be May 17.  SHE LOVES the dorm, says it's the best thing ever.  She already stocked her fridge with some meals incase she doesn't want to walk to the cafeteria in the rain (I just think it's because that's the first "real" place of her own).

She wasn't sure how to get internet, I sent her here, so incase others need to know:  It's on the right side bar, wireless rates


She thought she would have to go buy an AT&T Wireless adapter for her pc to get internet service via cellular network.  I guess they didn't share this with them yet.

Comment by Billie Holiday on May 2, 2011 at 10:51am
My sailor hasn't received a package I mailed 4/21. Anybody have any info on that?
Comment by K&D's Mom on April 29, 2011 at 7:16pm

NOT sure if we will visit or not.  We have alot going on these next several weeks and that will determine what we can and can't do.  Hubby is AF and is getting promoted  August 1st BUT needs to go to the Academy first which is 6 1/2 wks so with him gone from June to end of July that kinda puts a damper on things for us.  I have the little one (4) BUT I can not make the drive myself.  We will see what we can work out.


Talked to her today. Says all is going well and they can't wait for class to start.

Comment by Dawn on April 29, 2011 at 9:37am

his phone has arrived...but he hasn't received it yet!  He is using his roommate's phone to call me everyday. I can't wait to stay in touch without feeling like we are imposing on someone else!


I think there is a ceremony...not as big as PIR, but there is one.


I haven't decided if I want to wait until he can spend the night with us or go earlier. It would thrill Amanda (9yrs old) if he could stay with us all night and have breakfast with us!


No real plans just yet....

Comment by K&D's Mom on April 28, 2011 at 4:12pm

Hi Kricia,

I have looked at flights and they seem to be a bit pricey, r u flying or driving to see Brad?  Where r u coming from?  We r in Tampa.  I HOPE we get to go visit our daughter also.


Our daughter had told us b4 she left GL that she will graduate Aug 23rd, so we r happy to see that has not changed.  


SURPRISED there are not more families out there with people in San Antonio.

Comment by K&D's Mom on April 27, 2011 at 8:28am
COOL.  I am glad bootcamp is over also.
Comment by Dawn on April 26, 2011 at 11:39pm

We WERE at the Olive Garden! I remember A.J. saying the name Cockrell when he saw you guys! LOL...


I'm glad bootcamp is over, I've talked to A.J. twice today! He keeps calling me! Borrowing other's phones until his gets there...should be there tomorrow...<fingers crossed>

Comment by Dawn on April 26, 2011 at 5:30pm

A.J. said the hot water was turned on last night...I've spoken to him nearly every day since he left!  We are planning a trip to San Antonio on Memorial Day weekend...I hope he gets liberty that weekend...guess we should check into it before we make any REAL plans!!


A.J.'s last name is Pillich...Pyle is his roommate. Pyle was the honor graduate in Div guess is, they are hoping Pyle will rub off on Pillich! LOL


He is excited to see that bright ball of fire in the sky! He was in New Jersey for a year prior to the warmth is very welcomed!


I mailed his phone to him...only got to spend Friday with him as he flew out early Sat morning. That was kinda sad, but, what d'ya do?!


He said this week is just like P-week in BC...lotsa paperwork and settling in. He is happy with his roommate and wants to get things rolling...yeah, he's slightly impatient! LOL

Comment by K&D's Mom on April 26, 2011 at 5:03pm
WOnder if he knows our daughter, her last name is Cowan, and first name Krystina?  I am sure they r all going thru some classes now to get all the rules and stuff they need to follow.  She said the dorms are nice, but has not mentioned anything about the water yet.
Comment by K&D's Mom on April 25, 2011 at 9:10pm
NOPE, have not heard form her yet today.  Will let u know if we hear anything.  I HOPE they don't have to wait until 9 May to start though.

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