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  • Navy Hospital Corpsman (HM)

    Hospital Corpsman (HM) perform duties as assistants in the prevention and treatment of disease and injury and assist health care professionals in providing medical care to Navy people and their families. They may function as clinical or specialty technicians, medical administrative personnel and health care providers at medical treatment facilities. They also serve as battlefield corpsmen with the Marine Corps, rendering emergency medical treatment to include initial treatment in a combat environment. Qualified hospital corpsmen may be assigned the responsibility of independent duty aboard ships and submarines; Fleet Marine Force, Special Forces and Seabee units, and at isolated duty stations where no medical officer is available.

    Duties performed by HM's include:
    • assisting in prevention and treatment of disease and injuries;
    • caring for sick and injured;
    • administering immunization programs;
    • rendering emergency medical treatment;
    • instructing sailors and marines in first aid, self aid and personal hygiene procedures;
    • transporting the sick and injured;
    • conducting preliminary physical examinations;
    • performing medical administrative, supply and accounting procedures;
    • maintaining treatment records and reports;
    • supervising shipboard and field environmental sanitation and preventive medicine programs;
    • supervising air, water, food and habitability standards;
    • performing clinical laboratory tests and operating sophisticated laboratory equipment;
    • taking and processing X-rays and operating X-ray equipment;
    • filling prescriptions, maintaining pharmacy stock;
    • serving as operating room technicians for general and specialized surgery;
    • performing preventive maintenance and repairs on biomedical equipment.

    Working Environment

    Hospital corpsmen work in a variety of environments. Most HMs works indoors in hospitals or clinics. Others work aboard ships and submarines; with air squadrons, special operational environments (e.g., SEAL, Recon Forces, Seabee units and Deep-sea Diving). Duties are service oriented, repetitive and require good judgement and mental alertness. HM's may work alone or with supervision by other health professionals, depending on the assignment.

    Women are assigned to most ships and field medical support units of the Fleet Marine Force (FMF). Women are not assigned to submarines, with the SEALs, or some units of the FMF.

    A-School (Job School) Information

    San Antonio Tx

    A-School teaches basic principles and techniques of patient care and first aid procedures through group and modular instruction. After completion of "A" school, hospital corpsmen are normally assigned to Navy medical treatment facilities although some are assigned to operational units. Advanced training in a "C" school, a tour at sea or ashore, overseas or with the Marine Corps may follow this initial tour. The HM field has several sub-specialities in which personnel may request advanced "C" school training (see "Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating," below).

    En route to their first permanent duty stations, most male HMs will be assigned to either Field Medical Service School, Camp Lejeune NC, or Camp Pendleton CA, for specialized training in the knowledge and skills required to perform medical services in the field with the Marine Corps and/or the "Seabees."

    ASVAB Score Requirement: VE+MK+GS=146

    Security Clearance Requirement: None (Note: Some assignments may require a Security Clearance)

    Other Requirements

    Applicants must be informed that they will be assigned to duties involving direct patient care and clinical services
    Male applicants must be informed that they may be assigned to the Fleet Marine Force for duty.
    60 month service obligation
    A licensed physician or dentist licensed or graduate of medical or dental school in any country is not eligible for this rating.
    No history of drug abuse or commission of offenses involving alcohol, narcotics or other controlled substances with the exception of experimental or casual use of marijuana.
    Applicants must be of the highest standards as requirements are strictly adhered to before accession into the HM community.
    Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for HM

    Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

    Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

    Note: Enlisted sea shore flow career paths for the Hospital Corpsman community are dependent upon the sailor's specific NEC or specialty. Sailors in the HIM community can expect 36 month sea tours followed by 36 month shore tours except for those with NEC's that are shore-intensive. Those with operational extensive NEC's can expect longer sea tour lengths.

    Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command
    Last edited by BootCamp4Me; August 24th, 2012, 22:59.

  • #2
    These are the specific Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) cosed for the Corpsman rate.

    At some point in your career (many times after A-school) you will receive additional training in a specific area. For example, if you receive 8407 training then you will be assigned to hospital X-Ray departments or similar facilities. The same example applies to optometrists, pharmacist techs and 8404 FMF Corpsman.

    The available NED's are:

    HM-8401 Search and Rescue Medical Technician

    HM-8402 Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman

    HM-8403 Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman

    HM-8404 Field Medical Service Technician

    HM-8406 Aerospace Medical Technician

    HM-8407 Radiation Health Technician

    HM-8408 Cardiovascular Technician

    HM-8409 Aerospace Physiology Technician

    HM 8410 Bio-Medical Equipment Technician

    HM-8416 Nuclear Medicine Technologist

    HM-8425 Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman

    HM-8427 Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Corpsman

    HM-8432 Preventive Medicine Technician

    HM-8434 Hemodialysis/Apheresis Technician

    HM-8451 Basic X Ray Technician

    HM-8452 Advanced X-Ray Technician

    HM-8454 Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist

    HM-8463 Optician

    HM-8466 Physical Therapy Technician

    HM-8467 Occupational Therapy Assistant

    HM-8472 Biomedical Photography Technician

    HM-8482 Pharmacy Technician

    HM-8483 Surgical Technologist

    HM-8485 Psychiatry Technician

    HM-8486 Urology Technician

    HM-8489 Orthopedic Cast Room Technician

    HM-8493 Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician

    HM-8494 Deep Sea Diving Independent Duty Corpsman

    HM-8496 Mortician

    HM-8503 Histopathology Technician

    HM-8505 Cytotechnologist

    HM-8506 Medical Laboratory Technician, Advanced

    HM-8541 Respiratory Therapy Technician

    HM-8701 Dental Assistant

    HM 8707 Field Service Dental Technician

    HM-8708 Dental Hygienist

    HM 8752 Dental Laboratory Technician, Basic

    HM 8753 Dental Laboratory Technician, Advanced

    HM 8765 Dental Laboratory Technician, Maxillofacial


    • #3
      Female Navy Doc's


      • #4
        From my understanding, all physically eligible HM's are now required to go through Field Medical Training Battalion.

        FMTB - East (Camp Lejeune, NC)
        FMTB - West (Camp Pendleton, CA)


        • #5
          Nice post!

          when I was going through at Camp Pendleton everyone was having to go. Later I heard a rumor that they stopped taking females, but I could never confirm it.

          A great site to keep up with the latest info about Corpsman's is

          Da Chief helps out a lot


          • #6
            I can confirm it for you. Pendleton FMTB is all male. Lejeune FMTB, the one where I went, had females coming from CA, which I still don't really understand why they don't open up Pendleton FMTB to females....


            • #7
              Its probably something stupid like they didn't want to use an entire barracks room for 13 females. Since they required their own sleeping space and showers I suppose putting them all in one location makes more sense.


              • #8
                I've heard that not all can be called "Doc" and that it's a earned nickname that you would have to have served In a FMF unit...before you could be called "Doc" and all others are just HM??..


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Boats View Post
                  I've heard that not all can be called "Doc" and that it's a earned nickname that you would have to have served In a FMF unit...before you could be called "Doc" and all others are just HM??..
                  For the most part, yes, that is correct.


                  • #10
                    well then correct me on what i am wrong bout??....


                    • #11
                      Some will assume they have the right to be called Docs as long as their NEC is 8404 (they passed FMTB), they dont necessarily have to have been stationed with an FMF unit.

                      My opinion is 8404 or not, if you treated Marines and they called you Doc... your a frikin Doc


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Boats View Post
                        well then correct me on what i am wrong bout??....
                        For those of us who spent/spend time on green-side (with the Marines), and then get orders to blue-side (going back with the Navy), a lot of Marines can't really tell the difference between "Doc" and......not "Doc" lol. Basically because when we are on green-side, we wear the Marine Corps uniform. At my command in Camp Lejeune, when I had to go back to blue side, only on Wednesdays were we allowed to wear our Marine Corps Utilites. When I didn't have mine on, only the Marines that knew who I was called me "Doc", all others referred to me as "HM". That's about the best I can explain it


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BootCamp4Me View Post
                          My opinion is 8404 or not, if you treated Marines and they called you Doc... your a frikin Doc
                          I like that explanation better lol


                          • #14
                            well I know that they got to wear there FMF pins?? they get them even if they haven't been assigned to a FMF unit??..or special ops..or seabees???..and yes I count seabee's as they might see combat maybe..


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Boats View Post
                              well I know that they got to wear there FMF pins?? they get them even if they haven't been assigned to a FMF unit??..or special ops..or seabees???..and yes I count seabee's as they might see combat maybe..
                              If you aren't assigned to an FMF unit, your chances of getting your FMF pin are very slim as they won't have the material you need to study and to get your pin. Getting the FMF is basically the same as any other warfare pin. You study your ass off, learning everything you can about all the wars, weapons, tactics, etc, then go up to the board when you think you're ready and hopefully pass it.... they won't let you fail it