This training manual has been prepared for
members of the Regular Navy and Naval Reserve
in the hospital corpsman rating who are prepar-
ing for advancement to Hospital Corpsman Third
Class (HM3) and Hospital Corpsman Second
Class (HM2). The occupational standards used
in preparation of this manual are contained in the
Manual of Navy Enlisted Manpower and Person-
nel Classifications and Occupational Standards,
Section I, NAVPERS 18068 series, and are listed
on pages iv through viii of this manual.
This manual is designed to help you meet the
professional (technical) qualifications for ad-
vancement to HM3 and, subsequently, to HM2.
For information about the material covered in the
manual, refer to the chapter subject-matter
outline. Study the subject matter of this manual
carefully. It will not only help you toward ad-
vancement, but expand your knowledge as a
Your intentions are clear by the fact that you
have this training manual in your hands; obvi-
ously you are seeking advancement. Up to the
present time, you have been undergoing an indoc-
trination period in the Hospital Corps, learning
the fundamentals of your rating. These funda-
mentals will always be a prime requisite for any
advancement you may seek in the Hospital Corps.
At present you are an individual who has
learned about ward duty, night duty, special
watches and details and, in some instances, special
departments. Generally speaking, you have spent
most of your time at a naval hospital or other
large shore installation, or if aboard ship, it has
been on one that has a large medical department.
You may also have been assigned to duty with the
Fleet Marine Force. Most of the time you have
been under the immediate supervision of a senior
hospital corpsman or ward nurse, who was re-
sponsible for your actions. You were the follower.
The advancement for which you are now seek-
ing will put you in a dual position: not only will
you still be the follower and be responsible to your
superiors, but by virtue of your rate, you will
become a leader of those below you and in turn
be responsible for their effective performance.
As a petty officer, your duty assignments will
be enlarged and your scope of function will in-
crease. More will be expected of you from your
superiors, and your need for additional knowledge
and skills will increase, not only within the realm
of your job but also from a military standpoint.
Additionally, you will be required to supervise and
instruct those under you and be responsible for
their work. Constant study, attention to detail,
and alertness are required to keep you abreast of
Your responsibilities, as a petty officer, will
increase, both professionally and militarily. Your
advancement may make you the senior corpsman
of your ward or possibly put you in charge of a
special department such as the treatment room,
clinic, record office, or sick call. Militarily, you
may become a section leader, responsible for a
number of people, their muster, and other ad-
ministrative details such as liberty, duty rosters,
emergency drills, and battle stations. Again, at-
tention to detail and faithful study will enhance
your future as a petty officer.
Since patients are our most important concern,
you, as a petty officer, can do much to engender
better patient morale within your organization.
As a petty officer it is your responsibility to make
sure that those under you practice good profes-
sional ethics at all times.
Professional ethics refers to the adherence to
moral principles by members of a profession
in the practice of that profession. As a hospital