The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to assist sailors with the special needs of their Exceptional Family Members (EFM), at new duty locations. Assistance is emphasized in the assignment process, but also includes family support from Fleet and Family Service Centers. EFMP case liaisons are located throughout the fleet to provide information and referrals, individualized service plans, and case management from one duty station to the next. Special needs include any special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirement, wheelchair accessibility, adaptive equipment or assistive technology devices and services.
EFMP coordinators are located at the medical treatment facility and serve both personnel and family support functions. Coordinators facilitate initial enrollment and guide families to other services if required. Command points of contact can also assist service and family members with the enrollment process. EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need. DD form 2792, Exceptional Family Member Medical and Educational Summary and DD form 2792-1, Exceptional Family Member Special Education/Early Intervention Summary are used for enrollment. Successful implementation requires up-to-date information and extensive coordination between personnel, medical, educational and family support communities.
Sailors may be reluctant to enroll because of misconceptions that EFMP enrollment may limit assignments and career advancement, or preclude family members from accompanying sponsors on overseas and CONUS tours. These negative perceptions are not supported by fact. Sailors enrolled in EFMP have always received equal consideration for assignments and promotions.
The EFMP module is available online at the NFAAS website at https://navyfamily.navy.mil. The NFAAS Navy Family Member’s User Guide is available after login under the help tab.
Sailors with additional questions can contact the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC, visit the NPC website at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/Pages/default.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org.