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Common Misconceptions About EFMP

“I will be labeled”
Registry in the program will not be an element of the Manpower Management System, individual record books or parent command records of the spouse.

“I will be forced into assignments that will hinder promotions and career opportunities”
Enrollment cannot prejudice advancement or career opportunities of sponsors. The sponsor has the option of accepting an assignment while the family is supported in another location.

“As an EFMP sponsor, I cannot be deployed”
The program has no impact on the deployment responsibilities of the sponsor. Overseas unaccompanied, unit deployments, and standard deployments must be carried out without interruption.

“Enrollment in the program will allow me to select a duty station”
The program ensures that the sponsor will be assigned to a location where appropriate services exist. When the monitor’s “first pick” assignment is not suitable for the sponsor’s family, the EFMP Manager at HQ Marine Corps will examine the most recent case information and determine the best assignment based on the needs of the Marine Corps, the sponsor’s career pattern and the special needs of the family.

“I will not be eligible for an overseas accompanied assignment as an EFMP sponsor”
Overseas screening is the same for all families anticipating accompanied orders if the special need of you family member can be met by the receiving location. If the special needs of the family member can be met by the receiving location, an accompanied assignment may be authorized.

“Accepting preferential treatment from the program indicates an inability to carry out my responsibilities”
The program only prescribes an agreed upon the systematic manner to communicate your special needs when a random assignment is not suitable for you. In fact, most special needs can be accommodated at Quantico, VA and Camp Pendleton, CA. In many cases, the situation can e addressed with a standard East or West coast assignment.

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Exceptional Family Member Program

Bldg 40, Brewster Rd | 910-451-4394 | Fax: 910-449-9719


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Navy Exceptional Family Member Program

Navy EFMP Coordinator: 910-450-4131 | Visit us Online




Contact InfoThe Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
EFMP helps active duty service members with managing the special needs of a family member. Enrollment in the program is mandatory for active duty personnel with family members with special needs (MCO P1754.4B). 


Who qualifies for EFMP?
An exceptional family member (EFM) must be enrolled in DEERS and MCTFS and have a diagnosed physical, intellectual, or emotional need that requires specialized medical or educational services.


What is the goal of EFMP?
The program ensures the sponsor is assigned to a duty station where services exist to support their EFM.


EFMP Family Case Workers are available to:

  • Guide members through the enrollment process
  • Connect families to medical, educational, and community services
  • Advocate for families with special education needs
  • Provide resource, referral, and support throughout PCS transitions


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