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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: 1322
Latest Activity: on Tuesday


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

Start Dates for School

Started by PhillyMom. Last reply by PhillyMom Feb 26. 6 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

Orders

Started by Tammy_Girl. Last reply by Catherine Feb 20. 1 Reply

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 Feb 13. 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

Graduation Dates

Started by Californiamom Oct 17, 2018. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by VenturaMari on March 15, 2019 at 6:06pm

That's right, I did read that....Its Friday and has been a super busy week! 

I just can't wait to see my fine Sailor! He is so ready to get to his duty station and do the job he has been in training for!

Mari

Comment by mern on March 15, 2019 at 6:04pm

He is reserves so he is home.  I know he would like to get on a ship or attached to a Marine unit. We shall see.  Dreytown if you look back through this page, you will see my son's story. He has had a few challenges thrown his way, so for him to be where he is- we are so super proud of him. 

Comment by VenturaMari on March 15, 2019 at 5:59pm

Where is your going Mern?

Comment by VenturaMari on March 15, 2019 at 5:59pm

Lemoore, he requested Japan....he really wanted to go overseas or on a ship.

Comment by mern on March 15, 2019 at 5:57pm

My son was in 1st Platoon. What is his next duty station? San Diego?  

Comment by VenturaMari on March 15, 2019 at 5:52pm

He is driving across with a buddy that he has known I think since bootcamp! They are making really good time. They left yesterday and have already made it to New Mexico!

He was in the 2nd platoon.

Comment by mern on March 15, 2019 at 5:50pm

VenturaMari - thats a long drive. I will keep him in thoughts for safe travel. What platoon was he in? Maybe our guys knew each other. congrats to him as well!!

Comment by VenturaMari on March 15, 2019 at 5:30pm

My son graduated Wednesday as well and is driving to CA from NC.

Comment by Dreytown on March 15, 2019 at 4:31pm

mern, that's a coveted position (is it called rank?). You're family must be on top of the world! What's the proper response...Corpman Up? Only marines give the Doc title? Forget it, I'm givin' him a big California WOOT!

Comment by mern on March 15, 2019 at 2:23pm

Hi all- latest update on my Sailor he graduated FMTB-E on Wed. came home last night- Midnight! 4 hour delays at the airport. He is reserves so his duty station is home for now. So super proud of him and all of his mates. 

 
 
 

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