Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet


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. The overall goal of EFMP is to help Families accompany the Service member to the right duty locations, not to exclude them.


Retired Soldiers are not eligible for the Exceptional Family Member Program.

Additional Information

Army MWR Exceptional Family Member Program Overview:

Military One Source Exceptional Family Member Program Overview:

DoD EFMP Quick reference Guide:

Army Regulation (AR) 608-75: Exceptional Family Member Program

Exceptional Family Member Program overview - Army Medical Department: 

For the location of the Exceptional Family Member Program office on local Army Installations, check the Military Resource Locator library on MyArmyBenefits:

Document Review Date: 26 July 2021