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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
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EFMP provides services and resource information for families with special needs. The EFMP coordinator assists service members in the enrollment process and maintains a resource network within the military and civilian community, ensuring the special needs of personnel and their families are met. 


One of the hardest things for a Navy family to deal with and overcome is the fact that one of their family members has a physical, intellectual or emotional disability. In addition to the normal difficulties which all families face, the Navy family has a unique set of challenges peculiar to its mobile lifestyle. Frequently, this lifestyle involves disruptive separations due to deployment, sudden family relocations and other hardships. This is why the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) was established--to assist service members in providing for the special needs of their family member before, during, and after permanent change of station (PCS) relocations.


Enrollment in the program does not exclude sponsors from meeting sea duty obligations or from accepting voluntary unaccompanied tours. Moreover, enrollment does not jeopardize advancement opportunities or special programs considerations. Enrollment in the EFMP will only appear in the detailer's assignment information system, in dependent medical records, and in the EFM database maintained in PERS-45. 


Eligible members are encouraged to enroll many months before their projected rotation date, as this will enable the detailer to assign a duty station where suitable health care and other required services are available. There are several benefits in participating in the EFMP: fewer early returns from overseas duty stations; needless family separations are avoided; humanitarian assignments are reduced; and the special needs of the exceptional family member receive proper attention.


Not sure if you should enroll in the EFMP?

If you answer "yes" to any of the following, call today.

  • Do you have a family member with a physical, emotional, or intellectual disability?
  • Do you have a child in special education more than 20% of the school day or in a residential treatment facility?
  • Do you have a family member receiving treatment for cancer, lupus, heart disease, leukemia, diabetes, mental health, or other long-term illness?
  • Are you enrolled in TRICARE People with Disabilities (PFPWD) for the handicapped?
  • Have you ever applied for a humanitarian reassignment for the medical or educational needs of your immediate family member?
  • Have you recently considered a hardship discharge because of medical or educational needs?
  • Has your family recently been returned from overseas because special family medical or educational services were not available?
  • Have you recently had to take an unaccompanied tour because of a family member failed overseas/isolated area screening?
  • Do you have a family member receiving medical care through a state medical program?
  • Do you have a family member receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?
  • Are you a geographical bachelor because of a family member's special needs?
  • Have you kept your child or spouse's medical needs to yourself because you feared it would harm your career?


EFMP Forms may be found at FFSC links below:




Information Pamphlet:


Exceptional Family Member Program.docx


Want more information?

EFMP Mananger

Call Karol Yox

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