The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a quality of life program that supports Sailors who have dependents with chronic medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational 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.
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 assignments
Category 2: No CONUS assignment restrictions. OCONUS and remote assignments may be restricted if the qualifying condition cannot be supported due to the availability of required services. If orders are for overseas or remote duty, the family must successfully complete overseas suitability screening.
Category 3: No CONUS assignment restrictions. No assignment to overseas locations based on non-availability of needed services
Category 4: No overseas assignments. CONUS assignments only and must be near major medical areas, including Hawaii and Alaska. The family member’s special medical condition or educational needs require assignment to billets within a 2-hour drive under most conditions to access specialty care. This can be an MTF or a civilian TRICARE facility.
Category 5: Meets criteria to homestead. The family member’s needs are highly specialized, complex or severe, requiring continuity of care. Homestead sites that can support operational and shore rotations may include, but are not limited to, Norfolk, VA; Mayport or Jacksonville, FL; Kings Bay, GA; Groton, CT; Jacksonville, NC; San Diego, CA; Bangor, Bremerton, Puget Sound or Seattle, WA; and the National Capital Region. Additional sites that may be able to support category 5 assignments include Gulfport, MS; Port Hueneme, CA; Point Mugu, CA; and Fort Worth, TX.
Category 6: Temporary Category: The medical or educational condition requires a stable environment for 6 months to 1 year due to ongoing treatment or diagnostic assessments. This category must be updated in 1 year to receive permanent category or be granted disenrollment.
Once enrollment is approved and a category is assigned the Service Member’s record is flagged. Officer and enlisted detailers work with enrolled Service Members to develop a career path that includes normal sea/shore rotations. Maximum consideration will be given to locating Service Members with their families.
EFM Status Updates
The Navy requires Service Members to update EFMP enrollment every three years for categories 1-5 and within one year for Category 6. Service Members are also required to update enrollment whenever a change in family status or special needs occurs. The process for updating is the same as the process for enrollment. It requires current documentation (nothing older than six months) along with forms DD 2792 and DD 2792-1, as appropriate. When a change in duty station is anticipated, it is advised to begin the update process 12 months before the permanent change of station (PCS) date.
Exceptional Family Member POC Training
This half-day training provides information that enables POCs to assist members in their commands. Who should attend: Any newly-designated EFMP POC in the Hampton Roads area.