Simply put, a Hospital Corpsman (HM) is an enlisted medical specialist of the U.S. Navy who may also serve in a United States Marine Corps unit. The thing is, is that there’s nothing simple about this. The HM works in a wide variety of capacities and locations, including shore establishments such as naval hospitals and clinics, aboard ships, and as the primary medical caregivers for sailors while underway. They’re frequently the only medical care-giver available in many fleets or U.S. Marine units on extended deployment.
This video shows footage of U.S. Navy Corpsmen selected to serve with U.S. Marine Corps Operating Forces, who are required to conduct a “trauma trail” as part of their Field Medical Service Technician course at Camp Pendleton in California. The course is designed to train sailors in combat trauma, field medical service skills, combat survival skills, and physical endurance to meet the requirements for the worldwide mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Operating Forces.