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The Exceptional Family Member Program

Exceptional Family Members
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Exceptional Family Member Program (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. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.

Family members must be screened and enrolled, if eligible, when the Soldier is on assignment instructions to an OCONUS area for which command sponsorship / Family member travel is authorized, and the Soldier elects to serve the accompanied tour. This screening consists of medical records review for all Family members, and developmental screening for all children 72 months of age and younger. Soldiers are responsible for keeping their EFMP enrollment current as exceptional Family member (EFM) conditions change or at least every three years, whichever comes first.

For more information about EFMP, contact your installation EFMP manager in Army Community Service (ACS) or download the
EFMP Brochure.
Visit EFMP on ArmyOneSource.

System Navigators

System Navigators are Army Community Service EFMP staff members located on the installation. Currently, System Navigation case management services are offered at numerous installations.

Active Duty Army, Reserve and Guard Families are eligible for Systems Navigation assistance regardless of their exceptional Family memeber's medical and/or special education condition. All services are provided at no cost to Families. For additional information regarding Systems Navigation services, go to
EFMP on ArmyOneSource or download the System Navigation Brochure.


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