Rear Adm. Bob Kiser, METC Commandant, paid tribute to the enlisted medical force – past, present, and future. "The science will change and the techniques of medical intervention will change, but our commitment to your example of dedication, selfless service, and commitment will not. Those things are eternal. We at the Medical Education and Training Campus are proud to claim them as our own, to cherish and nurture them as the treasures they are, and to pass them on to all who learn the healing art in this place."
After co-locating five major medical learning institutions at Fort Sam Houston, constructing 11 new buildings, renovating six Army Medical Department Center & School (AMEDD C&S) facilities to support METC students, and spending over $1 billion on equipment, furnishings and construction, METC has become the largest medical technical education center in the world.
Students now enrolled in METC would have previously attended the 882nd Training Group (TRG) from Sheppard Air Force Base; the Naval School of Health Sciences (NSHS) from San Diego, Calif.; the Naval School of Health Sciences (NSHS) from Portsmouth, Va.; the Navy Hospital Corps School (NHCS) from Great Lakes, Ill.; or the AMEDD C&S at Fort Sam Houston.
The METC footprint covers more than 2,000,000 square feet and cost over $1.2 billion to build and equip. After construction began on July 21, 2008, three student dormitories, five instructional buildings, a dining facility - the largest in the Department of Defense outside of the service academies – a fitness center, and a Navy and Air Force shared command building were built.
More than 24,000 students are projected to graduate each year, with an average daily student load of 8,000. By service, the student breakdown includes approximately 45 percent Army, 31 per cent Navy and 24 per cent Air Force. METC also employ an operating staff and faculty of more than 1,400.
The estimated total economic impact on the city of San Antonio from the all the local BRAC projects, including METC, is estimated at $13.3 billion per year.
METC produces the world's finest medics, corpsmen, and techs, supporting our nation's ability to engage globally.