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

The goal of the mandatory EFMP is to ensure the special needs of the EFM can be met at a new assignment location. EFMP enrollment information enables Navy and Marine detailers to proactively consider a family member's special need requirement during the assignment process and to pinpoint the assignment to a location with appropriate resources that address the special needs. 

More detailed information on the EFMP Program.  

NSA South Potomac contact for EFMP:
The Fleet and Family Support Center: 540-653-1839.

NSA South Potomac Naval Health Clinic contact for EFMP
Health Benefits Advisor Office: 540-653-6845.

The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a quality of life program that supports Sailors who have military dependents with physical, mental health or education conditions and require special care and services. 

Enrollment in the EFMP allows Navy detailers to consider the Sailor’s family needs during the assignment process ensuring that necessary resources will be available at the Sailor’s assigned duty station.

•   Networking, information, referral, and resources, and assistance during PCS moves

•   Peace of mind for deployed service members and their families

•   Enhances command readiness through support to the service member and family

•   Improves retention by providing support to skilled sailors who may otherwise have considered separation in order to best meet their family’s needs.

•   Decreases costly overseas returns by proactively ensuring that duty assignments are made with special needs taken into consideration.

Eligibility for EFMP

Military dependents who:
•   Are affected by a physical, mental health or educational condition requiring special care or services not generally available in isolated or overseas locations.

•   Enrolled in DEERS.

•   Reside with the sponsor (excluding geographic bachelors and family members living in residential care facilities).

Note: Enrollment is mandatory for all Sailors who have family members with special needs.

EFMP Categories
Once enrolled, your family member is assigned one of six categories based upon the frequency and duration of treatment and support that he or she requires. Orders are issued using the category assignment as a guideline. It is important to note that these categories apply to the family member and do not restrict the sea and shore duty requirements of the service member.

Category 1   Needs do not generally limit assign¬ments.

Category 2   Condition requires specific CONUS or overseas locations.

Category 3   Usually no assignment to overseas locations based on non-availability of needed services.

Category 4   Assignment to billets near major military or civilian medical facility.

Category 5   Enables service member to home¬stead in a major medical area that of¬fers both sea and shore assignments.

Category 6   Temporary Category: Condition requires a stable environment for six months to one year.

Assistance with Enrollment, Updates, and Disenrollment is provided by Fleet and Family Support EFMP Liaisons and Medical Treatment Facility EFMP Coordinators.  

EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need. DD Form 2792, Exceptional Family Member Medical and Educational Summary and DD Form 2792-1, Exceptional Family Member Special Education / Early Intervention Summary are used for enrollment.

Fleet & Family Support EFMP Liaisons can assist EFM families in identifying special needs services and resources by locating local military & civilian resources, special education assistance, social & support groups, treatment providers, and information about local disability services.

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