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Navy Corpsman: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a Navy Corpsman in the United States Navy. 

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Hospital Corpsman (HM) is a rating in the United States Navy that is most frequently known to the general public in their seconded role cross-services— as the equivalent of an army medic in the US Marine Corps out among the combat units in the field. Hospital Corpsman are members of the Navy's Hospital Corps, and are frequently the only medical care-givers available in many fleet or marine units on extended deployment. Hospital Corpsman serve as enlisted medical specialists for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The Hospital Corpsman serves in a wide variety of capacities and locations, including shore establishments such as naval hospitals and clinics, aboard ships as the primary medical caregivers for Sailors while underway, or with Marine Corps units.

Colonel Oliver North speaking about the dedication and compassion of our Navy Corpsman. - A Medical Enlisted Military Web Community For All Military Services


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Comment by Tim Bates on August 20, 2019 at 10:39am

I told my kids that when you are stationed at some of these places. Get out and see them because you probably won't be back there any time soon. 

Comment by Daniel Patz on August 20, 2019 at 9:21am

My son is currently an E-3 (Hospitalman/HN) based at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. He is really enjoying his time in Japan and uses his off time to explore the sites, temples and other places worth visiting in the areas surrounding the base.

Comment by Tim Bates on May 4, 2019 at 6:43pm


I am a former HM and my son is a HM1 (FMF)

After boot camp we have HM A school. Your son needs to do well here because that may allow him to be more selective in the next training phase. Sometimes the Navy has open billets for a particular pipeline and pushes people that way. The recon option is a vigorous training option and is just below BUDS. The other two are less demanding. If your son is rolled back for many reasons (medical, fails swimming? whatever) the options become more complicated  The Navy may reassign him or reset him in another training tract. Hard to say. The HM rate is the Navy's largest rate and advancement can be slow. If your son does well in training and performs well he should have no problem there. Welcome him to the best and proudest rate in the Navy HM's have been awarded 22 (23 if you count SOCOM) Medals of Honor.

Comment by Don Mullins on May 3, 2019 at 8:17pm
Is there anyone here whose sailor is in the HM-ATF program? My son is in P-week at RTC. He enlisted under the HM-ATF program. So he'll ship to Sam Huston for A-school. What happens after that? I know there is 3 pipelines he could get. But does he get to choose (he wants the Recon option), or is it needs of the Navy? All of the pipelines have a high attrition rate, what happens if he doesn't complete the entire training pipeline?
HM is a pretty tight promotion rate, do they compete fleet wide for promotion against all NECs or do the compete just with those with same NEC?
I'm sure I'll have more questions, but this is a good start.
TIA for the information.
Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on February 6, 2017 at 7:25pm
Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on February 6, 2017 at 7:24pm

Steven, This is just one small part.

OB DESCRIPTION Hospital Corpsman (HM) pay grades E-1 (Hospital Recruit/HR), E-2 (Hospitalman Apprentice/HA), and E-3 (Hospitalman/HN), able to perform duties as assistants in the prevention and treatment of disease and injury; including first aid and preventive medicine procedures; assit with physical examination; provide patient care and the administration of medicinal and parenteral solutions; perform general laboratory, pharmacy, and other patient support services; assist in the administrative supply and accounting procedures within medical departments ashore, afloat, and with the Marine Corps; instruct medical and non-medical personnel in first aid, self aid; personal hygiene, and medical records maintenance and assist in the transoportation of the sick and injured; assist in the maintenancne of environmental health standards; be prepared to assist in the prevention and treatment of chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) casualties and other contingencies; senior hospital corpsmen perform supervisory, technical, planning, and management functions in support of medical readiness and quality healch care delivery. In addition to their general assignments, hospital corpsmen trained as technicians perform specialized functions within the operational forces, clinical specialties, administrative department, and may be assigned independent to a medical officer.

Comment by Steven DeVillier on February 6, 2017 at 5:41pm

My son just arrived at HM school and it looks like he'll be hold for 2 to 4wks before school starts. Any pre-study things he can do to be better prepared for school?  

Comment by John Alexander on January 14, 2017 at 8:46pm
My youngest daughter just graduated boot camp and arrived at A school for becoming a corpsman. I know its alot longer school than what my oldest daughter went through to be an LS.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 20, 2016 at 6:05pm

And check our Japan group too!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 20, 2016 at 6:05pm

Oh Dutchess...PLEASE keep me posted how she likes it and adapts as my son is headed to Iwakuni sometime soon.....


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