The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with military and civilian agencies to assist families with special needs by providing comprehensive and coordinated community, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services. The ACS Center coordinates, integrates, and manages the installation EFMP for the commander. The regulation that covers EFMP is AR 608-75.


Objectives of the EFMP Program

  • To provide certain reimbursable and non-reimbursable medically related services to children with disabilities (DODI 1342.12) with the same priority as medical care to active duty soldier.
  • To assess, document, and code the special education and medical needs of eligible family members in all locations, and forward these coded needs to military personnel for consideration during assignment process.
  • To consider the medical/educational special needs of the EFM during the assignment process. To assign soldiers to areas where medical and special education needs may be accommodated provided there is a valid personnel requirement for the soldier’s grade and specialty. Once the EFM is enrolled Military Personnel agencies will consider the EFM needs during the nominative phase of the assignment process. Benefits of enrollment include allowing assignment managers to consider the needs of family members during the assignment process.

Who is Eligible for Enrollment?

The following soldiers with exceptional family members (children and adults):

  • Active Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Active Guard Reserve on active duty exceeding 30 days and Army National Guard personnel serving under authority of title 10, US Code (10 USC).
  • Family member (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual special need that requires care above the level of a general practitioner.
  • Enrollment must be updated every three years.

Examples of Potentially Eligible Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Conditions
  • Developmental Delays
  • Depression
  • Asthma