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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)


The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides comprehensive support to Family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing, and personnel services to help Soldiers and their Families with special needs.

An Exceptional Family Member is Family member with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling, and meets the eligibility criteria.

If you’re eligible for EFMP services, Family members must be screened and enrolled when they accompany authorized Soldiers on OCONUS assignments. Screenings include medical records review for all Family members and developmental screening for all children aged 72 months and younger.

What is the Exceptional Family Member Program?

The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support and personnel services to Families with special needs.

Who must enroll in the program?

The following Soldiers with Exceptional Family Members must enroll in the program:

1. Active Duty Army

2. U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers in the USAR-Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program and other USAR Soldiers on active duty exceeding 30 days.

3. Army National Guard personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code and Title 32, United States Code. Department of the Army civilian employees do not enroll in the program. However, they must identify Family members with special education and medically related service needs each time they process for an assignment to a location outside of the United States where Family member travel is authorized at Government expense.

How does a Soldier enroll in the program?

The Soldier contacts the nearest medical treatment facility EFMP point of contact to begin the assessment process and to obtain the enrollment forms: DD Form 2792 (Medical), DD Form 2792-1 (Special Education). Once the forms are completed, they are forwarded to the appropriate regional medical center for coding and on to Army personnel agencies who enroll the Soldier into the program.

For information about Enrollment and Family Member Traveling Screening, click here.

Does enrollment have any impact on the Soldiers career?

Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools, or assignment. Information concerning enrollment in EFMP or any of the data used in the program is not made available to selection boards.

What are the benefits of enrollment of the program?

Enrollment allows assignment managers at Army personnel agencies to consider the documented medical and special education needs of Exceptional Family Members in the assignment process. When possible, Soldiers are assigned to an area where the medical and special education needs of the Exceptional Family Member can be met. This will depend on the valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade, specialty and eligibility for the tour. All Soldiers are still eligible for worldwide assignments.

Are special education needs considered in military personnel assignments?

Special education needs are only considered in assignments outside the United States. Assignments within the United States are not based on the educational needs of children. Every local school system must obey public laws regarding the provision of special education.

Rights and Responsibilities

Summary of Parents’ Rights

  • You must be notified in writing before the school recommends or takes any action to change your child’s school program.
  • You must give permission in writing to the school before it can rest your child to determine special education services.
  • You must be allowed to examine and make copies of your child’s school records.
  • Schools must provide you with a due process hearing at any point you feel your rights have been violated.
  • You have the right to appeal to the state department of education and state level courts.
  • You have a right to be reimbursed if they prevail.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Be aware of all rights and resources.
  • A review is required as the EFM condition changes or at least every three years, whichever comes first.
  • Hand carry all medical records, Form 5888 and IEP’s when PCSing



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  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
  • Hours:
    Federal Holidays
    Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
    New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day

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