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Field Medical Training Battalion - West


Field Medical Training Battalion - West

"We Learn Today, So We May Lead Tomorrow"

Welcome to FMTB-W




During this 8 week course, you will have a mix of classroom and field training. Emphasis is placed on learning field medicine by using the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). This includes familiarization with USMC organization and procedures, logistics, and administrative support in a field environment. 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 rifle. Completion of FMST results in the student receiving Navy Enlisted Classification HM-L03A. See “Student Material” to download a copy of the Student Manual that you will use during your training.


If you are a Reservist and need a quota for a seat, please have your Reserve Center Training Department contact the Medical Program Manager in New Orleans, LA.


Commanding Officer

Field Medical Training Battalion
PO Box 555243
Camp Pendleton CA 92055

(760) 725-2559 (during working hrs)

(760) 213-1897 (after working hrs)

FAX: (760) 725-2799


FMTB is located in the 21 Area aboard Camp Pendleton. Google Maps Location.

From San Diego Airport take I-5 north to Oceanside and follow the signs to Camp Pendleton. Once on board stay immediately to the right, following the sign for Del Mar. Take the ramp up and over the main road to the 21 Area/Del Mar. Make a left at 8th Street and follow the road until you see the building on the left hand side. The school house is located near the headquarters building with the large flag pole.




Personnel shall report in the appropriate seasonal dress uniform, i.e. Dress Blues or Service Dress Whites to Valor Hall, BLDG 210730.

Please Note: Ponytail hairstyles are strictly prohibited, in the Marine Corps utility and Navy service or utility uniforms, while assigned to FMTB-W.  The only time ponytails can be worn in uniform is when wearing the physical training uniforms.  Additionally, the Marine Corps uniform regulations prohibit faddish or exaggerated hairstyles in ANY Marine Corps uniform, including locks and twists (not including French rolls/twists), hair sculpting (eccentric directional flow, twists, texture or spiking), buns or braids with loose hair extending at the end, multiple braids that do not start at the top of the head, hair styles with severe angles, and loose unsecured hair (not to include bangs) when medium/long hair is worn up.

Please ensure hairstyles comply with these regulations PRIOR to arriving at FMTB-W.         



1.  Per NAVADMIN 313/18 all eligible examinees must complete their PMK in their desired advancement paygrade by the first day of the month in which the NWAE is administered.  It is best if you are to complete this PMK before arriving to FMTB-W, otherwise you would not be eligible to take the exam.



Bring a complete sea bag. The first day of class you will wear the Navy Service Uniform and the Navy PTU for the BCA.  The remainder of the first week you will wear the NWU's. 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 Sweater

·  1 pair of green shorts

·  1 Marine Corps sweat suit (top and bottom)

·  1 web belt

·  1 belt buckle 


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. Remember, there are plenty of Marines and Sailors out there ready to correct inappropriate attire. You represent the Navy, in and out of uniform, so take pride in your personal bearing and appearance. Additionally, it is recommended that you bring the following items:

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

• Flashlight with red lens

• Pen and highlighter

• 4 sets of boot bands

• 4 combination locks

• 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)

• Medical equipment (EPI pen, inhalers, etc.,)

• Sunscreen

• Wrist watch

• Shower shoes

• 2 towels


EVERY student will be billeted in open bay berthing.  A blanket, pillow, and linen will be issued to you upon check-in.

See “Student Materials” to download a copy of the FMTB Rules and Regulations that covers all the rules and regulations of life at FMTB.

Storage space while at FMTB is limited. Do not bring large radios, televisions, or other large items as you will NOT have a place to store them. Additionally, knives over 3 inches in length and personal weapons (guns) are PROHIBITED on Base. It is not recommended to bring expensive jewelry, watches or cameras that run the risk of being stolen.


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 extremely essential. A daily routine of running two to four miles, sit-ups, and push-ups should be adequate to prepare you. Over the eight week course, FMST students will hike over 25 miles with full combat load, participate in the Navy PFA, the Marine Corps PFT, group PT, Company and Platoon runs.



  • FMTB-W issues a government provided tablet device with all necessary material available to students for the duration of the program of instruction. 

  • Each student that is currently enrolled will receive a government provided tablet device with all of the necessary material.

  • Bring Your Own Device: If a student wishes to use their own device, the classroom material is available for download below. Cell phones and laptops are not considered acceptable to use for this purpose.

  • Paper Book: If a student wishes to have a paper book, it is suggested that they download and take the student handbook to a business that provides that service prior to the first day of class due to liberty restrictions.


Training Videos:

Practical Application Video: Needle Thoracentesis

Practical Application Video: Intravenous Fluid Resuscitation

Practical Application Video: Intraosseous Fluid Resuscitation

Practical Application Video: Hemorrhage Control

Practical Application Video: Emergency Cricothyroidotomy


Social Media Guidance: ALMAR 008-17, NAVADMIN 06617 

FMST STUDENTS: Use this link to access the FMST Student Study Guide. Homework questions are arranged by block to help you in your studies. Use the block review questions before written exams to ensure you are prepared. For the review questions, please click HERE (PDF Format)

To download the student handbook and PowerPoints in PDF format,  please click HERE

To download a PDF version of the FMST DRESS CODE AND ATTIRE policy, please click HERE.

To download upcoming CHAPEL SERVICES, please click HERE.

Develop, coordinate, resource, execute and evaluate training and education concepts, policies, plans and programs to ensure the Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman is prepared for assignment with the operational forces.
To be the best training command within the United States Marine Corps; producing the best trained, best prepared, and battle ready Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman.  He will be prepared to meet the challenges of present and future operational environments.