My son will go to Bootcamp in September and has already chose to do Hospital Corpsman. Im guessing this is the page I should chat with others on.... How is it? Any info I should know about it?
My son graduated from Boot Camp and then Corpsman school in Great Lakes, Chicago last July. He is now working at the clinic in Quantico, Virginia.
I would be most happy to help you in any way I can with information or if you just need a shoulder. There will be difficult times for you but I believe that if you know more about what to expect, it does make it a bit easier. One word of advice though......be careful what and whom you listen to. I got a lot of confusing advice and opinions that were not correct.
Thank You! I may have some questions later!
Is it a Navy Clinic? What does he do? Dont they have a school for that in TX?
My son works on the Marine base at Quantico and basically does the duties of a nurse. The Marines use Navy Corpsmen.
If I can remember correctly, I think there was talk of moving the Corpsman training to Texas when he was in boot camp so you may be correct.
Depending on how well they do in A School, they have choices where they can go to perform their duties.
MaryI59 my son is currently in A School. He Wants to go "green " side, I think he called it. How exactly does it work when they are done with A school, do they go thru some kind of training with the marines?? forgive my ignorance.
Celina..........I think it is different for each person. There was soooo much "talk" on here back at that time. You really have to be careful because everything said on here is not necessarily true and you will learn (if you haven't already) that it can change in an instant. So I can tell you what went on with my son and some others but it may not always be true for everyone.
A lot depends on how well your son does in A school. The top student got first pick from what was available at that time and then they go down the list from there. My son was about 20th out of I believe a class of 60. I think that there may also be opportunity to continue in schooling, such as C school, to become specialized rather than basic Corpsman. But this is still with the Navy. There was no additional training with the Marine Corp. but since the Marines use Navy Corpsmen, many of them do work on Marine bases or with the Marines abroad, and some on ships. Hope this helps.
HI Celina, My son finished A school in January & was able to pick FMTB for his choice of orders. He will be starting training with the Marines in a week or so at Camp P. Once he's done with the training, he will be assigned to a Marine division & go where they go.
For FMTB they can go to either Camp Lejeune, NC or Camp Pendleton, CA. For what they do in that training, check out the links on the main discussion page for this group. Lots of good info there.
With our son, once his class finished the EMT portion of A school, they chose their orders. The higher his GPA, the better his chance will be to choose going with the Marines. They don't always have FMTB available as a choice- it all depends on what is needed.
Good Luck to him!
Thank you all for your responses. I will just have to wait and see. seems to be the theme in the military.
welcome aboard!!! we may also want to check out the Facebook page of us navy recruit, it an excellent source of information and support for boot camp, I wished I had known about it sooner. also check out in this site the PIR discussion, lots of information for Boot camp gratuation. My seaman is currently in A school getting his corpsman education. tell your son to brush up on his anatomy terminology etc. good luck.
what is the Facebook site called exactly? What name do I look up?
U.S NAVY RECRUIT TRAINNING COMMAND you have to click like on the site if you want their stuff to show on your regular FB page.