Field Medical Service Technician
Field Medical Training Battalion - West
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California

During this 10-week course, you will receive a mix of classroom and field training. Emphasis is placed on learning field medicine by using the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). Topics include Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care, Tactical Evacuation of combat casualties and the establishment and functions of the unit aid station.  Students will also learn the necessary skills to operate and survive in a combat environment. This includes field sanitation, preventive medicine, CBRN defense medical requirements, communications and security. Students will also be familiarized with USMC history and organization. Additionally, training will include general military subjects, individual and small unit tactics, military drills, physical training/conditioning and weapons familiarization with the opportunity to fire the M16/M4 service rifle. Completion of FMST results in the student receiving Navy Enlisted Classification HM-L03A.

Commanding Officer
Field Medical Training Battalion
PO Box 555243
Camp Pendleton CA 92055

During Working Hours:760-763-0175
After Working Hours: 760-213-1897 (OOD)

Administrative Office:

Civilian Attire

Proper civilian attire must be worn when you are authorized liberty.  Proper civilian attire is defined as clothing that does not bring discredit upon yourself or the military. Clothing that is frayed or in disrepair is not authorized. Also, if your pants or shorts have belt loops, you are expected to wear a belt. PT gear will not be worn as civilian attire. You represent the Navy, in and out of uniform, so take pride in your personal bearing and appearance.

What to bring
  • Complete Navy issued sea bag 

  • Stamped Orders

  • Last Evaluation (Transfer)

  • Flight information for follow on orders if OCONUS

  • Lease agreement (for members living out in town)

  • 2 Combination locks

  • Shower shoes

Recommended Items
  • Good pair of running shoes with white socks (no basketball shoes)

  • Flashlight with red lens

  • Pen and highlighter

  • 4 Sets of boot bands

  • 1 Mesh laundry bag

  • Sufficient amount of toiletry items to provide for your personal comfort during the training period

  • 1 Set of dog tags (red tags for allergies)

  • Necessary individual medical equipment and medication (EPI pen, inhalers, etc.,)

  • Sunscreen

  • Wristwatch (smart watches are not authorized throughout the training day)

  • 2 Towels

  • Navy PT sweats (top and bottom)


IssueD After Arrival

Students will check-in in dress uniform. The first day of class you will wear the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) and the Navy PTU for the BCA (you must have a current PHA before checking in), please ensure these items are ready to go. You will wear the NWU until the below items are received. You will be issued the following items the first week of class:

  • 1 Belt reflective

  • 2 Insignia, service uniform collar

  • 1 Pair of Infantry Combat boots

  • 1 Pair of hot weather boots

  • 2 Utility Covers (1 Woodland and 1 Desert)

  • 2 Booney Covers (1 Woodland and 1 Desert)

  • 4 Combat Utility Blouses (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)

  • 4 Combat Utility Trousers (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)

  • 6 Pairs of cushion sole socks

  • 4 Sets name tapes (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)

  • 6 Green undershirts (3 cotton and 3 synthetic)

  • 1 USMC Sweater

  • 1 Pair of green shorts

  • 1 Marine Corps sweat suit (top and bottom)

  • 1 Web belt

  • 1 Belt buckle 


All students must have a Periodical Health Assessment (PHA) conducted prior to leaving their current command. Students are also required to be within BCA standards and pass the Navy PRT using the run cardio model; no alternative cardio option is authorized. Body Composition Assessments (BCAs) will be conducted the first day of the course and students outside of the age adjusted body fat percentage will be recommended for administrative paperwork and recycled or disenrolled from the course.

As with any Marine Corps command, physical training is a large and very important part of Fleet Marine Force (FMF) training and education. This course is physically demanding and preparation prior to reporting is essential. A daily routine of running two to four miles, sit-ups, and push-ups should be adequate to prepare you. Over the 10-week course, FMST students will hike over 20 miles with full combat load, conduct a Navy PFA, and group PT.

Upon receiving orders to attend Field Medical Training Battalion-West, you should begin working out on your own and training to best prepare yourself for the physical training standards you are expected to meet. FMTB-West conducts multiple rigorous physical training sessions, a Navy Physical Readiness Test, and 1 tested hike with 45 lbs.

First and foremost, the Navy Physical Health Assessment (PHA) is a requirement to take this course and needs to be completed if it is expired or will be expired during the duration of the course.

As Corpsman serving with the Fleet Marine Force, there will be Marines who’s lives you will be responsible for. Physical Fitness and preparedness is just as important as your level of medical competency. You will be trained and prepared for both.


Marine & Family Services
(760) 725-9051

Camp Pendleton SAPR
24-hour Confidential Hotline
(760) 500-1707

DoD Safe Helpline
(877) 995-5247