Exceptional Family Member Program

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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.

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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