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What is the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)?

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

What is an Exceptional Family Member?

An Exceptional Family Member is a Family member (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disability that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling.

What are the benefits of enrollment in the program?

Enrollment allows assignment managers to consider the documented needs of the exceptional Family members. When possible, the Soldier is assigned to an area where the Family member’s needs may be met. This will depend on a valid personnel requirement (s) for the Soldier’s grade, specialty, and eligibility for the tour.

Does the enrollment have any impact on the Soldier’s career?

Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotions, schools, or assignments. Information concerning enrollment in EFMP or any of the data used in the program is not made available to selection boards. EFMP enrollment does not guarantee assignment deletions, deferments, or compassionate reassignments. All Soldiers are still eligible for worldwide assignments and enrollment will not guarantee that a Soldier will not serve an unaccompanied tour.

Are special education needs always considered in the military personnel assignment process?

Special education needs are only considered in assignment outside the United States. Assignments within our 50 states and trust territories are not based on the educational needs of the children. Every local school system must obey public laws regarding the provision of special education.

What other services are available?

Additional services include information and referrals, advocacy, support groups, respite care, and relocation assistance. However, enrollment does not guarantee special consideration for priority housing, appointments, or other benefits not routinely available to Families.

How does a Soldier enroll in the program?

The Soldier or spouse goes to the EFMP office at Moncrief Army Community Hospi-tal to complete an enrollment form (s) for the assessment process to begin. Once the assessment is completed, the enrollment form (s) will be reviewed to verify accuracy prior to them being sent to Brook Army Medical Center for coding. Your enrollment is required to be updated every three (3) years or more frequently, if there are substantial changes.

Enrollment Forms

Enrollment into the Exceptional Family Members Program requires accurate completion of the forms below...

Download DA Form 5888 - Family Member Deployment Screening Sheet

** The DA Form 5888 Family Member Deployment Screening Sheet is to be FORWARDED back to Strength Management after completion. DO NOT FORWARD TO FORT JACKSON EFMP OFFICE FOR PROCESSING WITHOUT GOING THROUGH STRENGHT MANAGEMENT OR MPD.

*** AUTHENTICATION...Without Authentication we can not process your document...


If you are Traveling Overseas and intend on taking your family members with you, your family members will need to obtain a head-to-toe physical from their Primary Care Provider. Or, you can download a DA Form 5888-1 and take to the Primary Care Manager/Provider to complete. If the family member (FM), is under 6 years old, they will need to have a (PDQ) / Denver Prescreening Developmental Questionnaire, that can be requested from the Ft. Jackson EFMP office. This can be emailed to your location.

Download DA Form 5888-1 - Screening of Family Member in Remote OCONUS Areas

On the DA Form 5888-1, if any boxes are checked yes, this authorizes the screener/medical provider to complete the DD Form 2792 Medical Enrollment or DD Form 2792-1 Education, and look further into evaluating the individual for requiring environmental/architectural considerations. Attach this page to DA Form 5888 (Family Member Deployment Screening Sheet).

Download DA Form 7246 - EFMP Screening Questionnaire

The DA Form 7246 needs to be completed by the Sponsor or Spouse. List all family members that are are accompanying the Sponsor overseas. The Family Member Prefix is (#30 for the spouse, #31 if it is the second, #32 for third… If it is your child, it would be how they are annotated in DEERS. 01 for first child, 02 for second, 03 for third...). Please answer all questions. Do not leave any blocks blank. THIS ONLY DELAYS YOUR PAPERWORK... Sign the back of page 2, where it states, "Sponsor or spouse completing this form." Our provider will sign this form. DO NOT TAKE THIS FORM TO YOUR PROVIDER.

Download DD Form 2792 - Family Member Medical Summary

** COMPLETE DD FORM 2792 AND 2792-1 if you are Enrolled in EFMP or Have a Chronic Medical Condition or Individual Education Plan...

If you have a Medical Condition and you are not sure if that medical condition meets the criteria for enrollment, please contact Fort Jackson’s EFMP office before you start the process, so that we can assist you further. Once you have determined that, you need to complete the DD Form 2792 or 2792-1, this is how they need to be completed...

Instructions for Completing DD Form 2792. Family Member Medical Summary:

Please read, print and sign page 1. Put your Relationship to the Patient. DO NOT DATE UNTIL AFTER THE THE PROVIDER HAS COMPLETED THEIR PORTION OF THE FORMS.

Page 2 – Please complete in it’s intirety. If you are the parent, please sign for the child. * If the child is 18 or older, the dependent has to sign for themselves* Sponsor’s can not sign for their spouse. NOT DATE UNTIL AFTER THE THE PROVIDER HAS COMPLETED THEIR PORTION OF THE FORMS.

Page 3 – 11 - Complete the TOP PORTION ONLY Demographics…..

Pages 4-7 (Medical Summary) These pages are completed by the Specialist: Please ensure that the Medical Specialist provides Prognosis, Treatment Plan and Frequency of care for the Diagnoses the patient has. If you require a Summary Report to take to your provider, please contact us AHEAD of time, so that we can accommodate you. If your dependent has: Environmental / architectural consideration or Adaptive equipment / special medical equipment, you will need to have the provider annotate the make and model information on page 7 of the DD Form 2792.

Page 8 - Addendum 1 – Asthma/Reactive Airway Disease Summary: *If there is a Diagnosis of Asthma/Reactive Airway Disease (RAD), pages 4-7 needs to be completed as well as page 8. This page is completed by your Provider ONLY. If the dependent has been evaluated or treated for asthma or RAD within the past 5 yrs.

Page 9 and 10 – Addendum 2 – Mental Health Summary: To be completed by a Qualified Clinical Provider. If there is a Diagnosis of Mental Health, pages 4-7 needs to be completed as well as pages 9 and 10. The Mental Health Summary should be completed by the Mental Health Provider (i.e., Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Mental Health Counselor).

Page 11 – Addendum 3 – Autism Spectrum Disorders and Significant Developmental Delays. If your dependent has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, pages 4-7, and pages 9, 10 and 11 will have to be completed by the provider.

ALL DEMOGRAPHIC BOXES OF THE DD FORM 2792 MUST BE COMPLETED ON ALL PAGES 3-11. DO NOT SIGN DOCUMENT UNTIL AFTER SEEING PROVIDER. ** If your dependent is also on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), complete the DD Form 2792-1.

Download DD Form 2792-1 - Special Education/Early Intervention Summary

This form is completed by the parent and school or Early Intervention Staff. The Sponsor or Spouse should complete all the demographic information on page 2 of 3 Pages, from 1-8d. On page 3, complete 1a – 2d. After completion of the top portion of page 3, present DD Form 2792-1 to school. Early Intervention Staff will complete the remainder of form 3 – 8, and return to parent or guardian. The completed DD Form 2792-1 should be returned to Fort Jackson, EFMP office by parent/guardian for processing.

* A copy of the most current (IEP) Individual Education Plan is required on enrollment/update at the office*.

Who must enroll in the program?

The following Soldiers with exceptional Family members must enroll in the program:

  • Active Duty Army
  • US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers in the USAR-Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program and other USAR Soldiers on active duty exceeding 30 days
  • Army National Guard AGRP 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 dependent children 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.


Moncrief Army Community Hospital 4500 Stuart Street Ft. Jackson, SC 29207, 8th Floor, Room 8-36

Hours of operation: 

Tuesday thru Friday, 0800 to 1130 and 1300 to 1600

Enrollment/OS Screening:

Tuesday 0900 to 1100 and Thursday 1300 to 1500

Contact Us: 

Office: (803) 751-2505 DSN: 734-2505 Fax: (803) 751-6657

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