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Exceptional Family Member Program FAQs

1. What are the three support elements of EFMP?
Navy EFMP consists of three interlocking support elements: Identification and enrollment, assignments and family support services.
Identification and Enrollment is performed by Navy Medicine. A potential enrollee can be self-identified by the family or may be identified by educational personnel at schools, medical personnel at medical treatment facilities or by civilian network providers. EFMP coordinators assist families with enrollment, status updates and disenrollment. Enrollment is updated every three years and 12 months before an anticipated PCS. To enroll, the service member submits the completed EFMP enrollment package to the EFMP coordinator at the nearest military treatment facility.  The enrollment package is reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of medical providers and that panel recommends EFMP designation in one of six categories, based on the type, severity and frequency of medical/educational intervention required by the exceptional family member. Navy Personnel Command (NPC) then assigns the final category and annotates it the service member’s detailing record.
The next element, Assignment, involves the career management of service members provided at NPC. The NPC EFMP assignment support staff  work  to ensure that service members are assigned to geo­graphic areas suitable for their exceptional family members. Every effort is made to match the sponsor’s career path with the needs of the family.  All EFMP sponsors may be considered for accompanied overseas assignment based on the availability of required medical/educational services at the gaining location and successful completion of the overseas/suitability screening process by the sponsor and all family members. Sailors must maintain worldwide assignment eligibility, which means they may need to serve on unaccompanied tours to meet the mission requirements while their family is supported in another location.
Finally, Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) offers EFMP case liaisons at installation Fleet and Family Support Centers to provide non-medical case management and access to re­sources both on-base and in the local community. EFMP case liaisons work with families to develop Individual Service Plans, coordinate non-medical care, work with local schools, provide information and referrals to local community support resources and provide access to the EFM Respite Care Program. Navy’s EFMP Respite Care program provides the parents and caregivers of children with special needs up to 40 hours of qualified childcare per month -- at no cost to the family – so parents and caregivers can leave the house, go to an appointment or just rest, while knowing that their child is well cared for.
2. Where can I get documentation of my category?
1. Sponsors may view their EFMP status by accessing their family member information tab in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).
2. If you need assistance retrieving your EFMP category, please contact your local Medical Treatment Facility EFMP Coordinator or your assigned Case Liaison at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC).
3. Do I have to stand watch/duty?
Yes, per MILPERSMAN 1300-700 EFMP does not preclude sponsors from:
Sea Duty;
Normal sea/ shore rotation;
Unaccompanied assignments;
Global support assignments;
Standing watches;
Performing normally assigned duties; or
Advancing to the next pay grade or rank.
4. Am I except from Sea Duty?
No, per the OPNAVINST 1754.2F - Enrolled Service members must remain worldwide assignable and deployable.
Enrolled Service members may elect or be required to serve on unaccompanied overseas assignments, as necessary, to fulfill sea or shore obligations of rank or rate and the needs of the Navy, provided those assignments are approved at NAVPERSCOM, Career Management Department (PERS-4) flag level. The transferring commanding officer (CO) must review the decision with the Service member to ensure that the separation will not create an undue hardship on the family and result in a request for an early return or humanitarian reassignment of the Service member. NAVPERS 1070/613 Administrative Remarks must be completed and filed in the Service member’s electronic service record.
5. Is the EFM criteria the same for Officers and Enlisted?
The Exceptional Family Member Program governs all Active Duty Navy Service members, regardless of rank.
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