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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: 1291
Latest Activity: 3 hours ago


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

Start Dates for School

Started by PhillyMom. Last reply by RNmom 16 hours ago. 2 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

Graduation Dates

Started by Californiamom Oct 17. 0 Replies

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

A School Graduation for Class 085

Started by Zacsmom. Last reply by krikris Aug 9. 7 Replies

We are attending our sailor's Class 085 graduation on May 16, 2018.  Does anyone know the procedure to get on base?  I have no idea where to go and even where I can go to find out!  Any help would be MUCH appreciated!  Continue

Lodging for A school graduation

Started by Tinker830. Last reply by EAJmom May 12. 5 Replies

My Sailors graduation date was moved up to June 6th and I was wondering about lodging, we are really on a budget right now. Looking for something close to base because I may be going alone. Any suggestions?

Comment Wall


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

Comment by Jeanettefy 16 hours ago

Hello HM moms can you tell me if any of you went to visit your sailor in San Antonio?

Comment by Hospital Corpsmama on November 12, 2018 at 11:22pm
Californiamom... speaking from experience. My son graduated 5/31. They purchase their ticket to their next duty station- directly from San Antonio. We used that ticket to purchase his flight home (SF Bay Area) for leave, then from home to the next duty station. Used his military discount and Ann's only ended up paying about$150 total for his travel. I didn't but ticketed until I heard the date of grad several times because it changed a couple of times and as someone else said my Sailor didn't seem to have all the info at once. Hope this helps.
Comment by Californiamom on November 12, 2018 at 9:50pm

Hi all my son is due to graduate A school the second week of December and I have already changed the flight twice because the information they get is not through. They get bits and pieces at a time. From what I get as far as information, my son can travel 24 hours after graduation, I have booked his flight home for leave, but again that has changed twice as well. My suggestion is to book via Southwest they allow you to change without a fee and you can get a credit or pay the difference. Wish I had more useful information to share with you all.

Comment by SusanKav on November 12, 2018 at 2:40pm
Hello all. I still can’t get any information from my son about graduation date for HM school San Antonio. He started around 9/24/18 and is expected to graduate around mid-January but he and his buddy don’t seem to know the date yet. I think they are class #005 but not sure about that. Any way to find out graduation date? We really want to be there so need to clear calendars for travel. Thanks!
Comment by VenturaMari on November 12, 2018 at 1:32pm
Rnmom, this is an active group, just not super active. My son is suppose to graduate in 2 weeks. I do know they want them out of the barracks the day of graduation. I am not sure when your son will class up.
Comment by RNmom on November 12, 2018 at 12:48pm

If this is no longer an active group, please let me know of another Corpsman group I can join. Thanks! :)

Comment by RNmom on November 7, 2018 at 9:04pm

Hello everyone! My son has a new rating for HM, and is coming from a different job in San Diego. He hasn't yet received new orders so doesn't know when he'll head over to/start up in San Antonio. Does anyone know what the upcoming class start dates are? I know some of you have sailors in BC still and coming up to graduation, so I'm curious if they have "batched" the ones going to HM school.

Comment by VenturaMari on October 31, 2018 at 3:57pm


Hi, our boys will be graduating together. I am not going to be able to be there :(. He assures me it is ok. From greenside (in North Carolina) training he will be heading back to CA and will be stationed in Lemoore. He just wants to get to the fleet. But, he did find out he got advanced to E3 right out of bootcamp! So in March, I think, he can take the E4 exam. That, he is really excited about! He doesn't know when he flies out of San Antonio, he said it could be the 21st, 22nd or the 26th. He will find out when he gets his orders on the 21st. The suspense is killing

Comment by PhillyMom on October 30, 2018 at 11:25am

updated link for Navy Credentialing Opportunites Online (Navy COOL) for HM is below:

Comment by PhillyMom on October 29, 2018 at 8:04am

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 much.


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