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Exceptional Family Member


The Navy's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to assist sailors by addressing the special needs of their exceptional family members (EFM) during the assignment process. Special needs include any special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirement, wheelchair accessibility, adaptive equipment assistive technology devices and services.


The EFMP serves as a detailing tool and a quality of life program. Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) ensures that families are assigned to areas where they can access necessary resources. Successful implementation requires up-to-date enrollment, information and extensive coordination among personnel, medical, educational and employment resources.

Who qualifies for EFMP?

An Exceptional Family Member is any dependent enrolled in DEERS who requires special medical or educational services based upon a diagnosed chronic physical, intellectual, or emotional need.
Enrollment in EFMP is mandatory per MCO 1754.4A and SECNAV INST 1754.5B.


  • Family support through an assigned Case Worker
  • Eligibility for the TriCare Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
  • Support at IEP meetings
  • Special housing consideration, based upon medical necessity
  • EFMP attorney assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Resources, referrals and more!

How do I enroll?

● Contact the nearest EFMP office for assistance and information
● Pick up or download the required enrollment forms:
DD 2792 Medical Summary
DD 2792-1 Special Education/ Early Intervention Summary*
● When complete, return the forms to the EFMP office for processing

The DD 2792-1 must be completed for all children in school, regardless of diagnosis, and an IEP/IFSP/504 Plan must be attached if applicable

Frequently Asked Questions

Will enrollment in the EFMP affect my opportunity to deploy?
No. All Service Members enrolled in EFMP remain world-wide deployable and assignable.

Will EFMP enrollment hurt my chances for promotion?
No. Promotion and selection boards DO NOT have access to your EFMP status.

Will enrollment limit duty assignments?
No. EFMP will assist in coordinating a duty station that will meet both the career and EFM needs. This can be accompanied or unaccompanied.

Will my command be notified of my enrollment in EFMP?
Yes. Battalion level Commanding Officers or higher are able to request a list of EFMP enrolled Service Members in their unit. However, this list does not include any detailed information about diagnosis or specific needs, nor will it be released to other unit personnel. Any further enrollment information will be kept confidential, unless written authorization is received from the enrolled Service Member.



ECHO: Additional TriCare coverage for durable medical equipment, ABA therapy and in-home support based upon qualifying conditions. 866.212.0442  

DoD Special Needs Toolkit: Comprehensive information and tools to help military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support, benefits and entitlements.  

STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents): A federally funded Parent Training and Information Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. 800.572.7368. Specialized Training of Military Parents

EFRC (Exceptional Family Resource Center): Provides information, support and education for families of children with disabilities. 760.510.3994  


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