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Want to know the basics about the Exceptional Family Member Program? Get the answers to all of your Frequently Asked Questions by clicking on one of the FAQ categories below.

EFMP Categories  
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Category Questions  
What is the EFMP?
What is an EFM?
Who must enroll in the program?
How does a Soldier enroll in the program?
Does enrollment have any impact on the Soldier’s career?
What are the benefits of enrollment in the program?
Are special education needs always considered?
What EFMP community support services are available through Army Community Service?

Category Questions  
What is the EFMP?
[7/31/2009]

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

What is an EFM?
[7/31/2009]

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

Who must enroll in the program?
[7/7/2010]

a. The following Soldiers with EFMs (children and adults) will enroll in the EFMP.

1) Active Army.

2) U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers in the USAR Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program. Mobilized and deployed Soldiers are not eligible for enrollment in EFMP.

3) Army National Guard AGR personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code and Title 32, United States Code.

b. 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 and Family members with medical needs each time they process for an assignment to a location outside the United States where Family member travel is authorized at Government expense.

How does a Soldier enroll in the program?
[7/24/2009]

The Soldier contacts the nearest Army medical treatment facility EFMP point of contact to begin the assessment process and obtain the enrollment forms. Once the forms are completed, they are forwarded to the appropriate regional medical command for coding. The regional medical command enrolls eligible Active Army Soldiers in EFMP. They notify Army National Guard and Reserve personnel agencies of eligible AGR Soldiers who then enroll them in the program.

Does enrollment have any impact on the Soldier’s career?
[7/31/2009]

Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools, or assignment. Information concerning enrollment in EFMP or any of the data used in the program is not made available to selection boards.

What are the benefits of enrollment in the program?
[7/31/2009]

Enrollment allows assignment managers at Army personnel agencies to consider the documented medical and special education needs of EFMs in the assignment process. When possible, Soldiers are assigned to an area where the medical and special education needs of their EFM can be met. This will depend on a valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade, specialty and eligibility for the tour. All Soldiers are still eligible for worldwide assignments.

Are special education needs always considered?
[7/31/2009]

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

What EFMP community support services are available through Army Community Service?
[7/31/2009]

Army Community Services include information and referral, advocacy, support groups, respite care and relocation assistance.


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