Exceptional Family Member (EFM) - Naval Medical Administrative Unit (NMAU)

EFMP - Title

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)


The Department of the Navy (DON) EFM was established in September 1987 to coordinate ealry, special education and related services for children with disabilities who are attending, or eligible to attend. The DON EFM evolved to include the identification and enrollment of all family members with special needs at overseas and Continental United States (CONUS) locations. It is DON policy to ensure Navy families with exceptional family members (EFMs) are assigned only to areas where their EFMs medical and educational needs can be met. Failure to enroll family members with special needs may result in arrival at overseas or remote duty assignments with requirements beyond the capability of local medical, educational, or community resources. This may result in unnecessary family hardship and personnel practices such as the early reassignment of the Service member due to inadequate educational / medical support.

EFM 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. EFM 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.


Nested Applications
EFMP - Content


Process Steps


  1. As soon as Dependent is identified as possible EFM case, the case will be forwarded to EFM Coordinator
  2. SM and possible EFM will require to fill out DD Form 2792 and DD Form 2792-1, according to EFMP Application Legend
  3. Contact EFM coordinator to get an appointment, bring filled DD Form 2792 and DD Form 2792-1 with you at the time of your appointment
  4. DD Form 2792-1 is needed for all the children/ students that are 3 years and older or children 3 years and younger who requires special education/ early intervention. The form is to be filled out by the school (if a student). If home schooled, the school district sponsoring the homeschooling will fill out the paperwork. If the child is not in school the provider can sign the form
  5. Once the EFM package is completed and reviewed by the EFM coordinator the package will be forwarded to Central Screening Committee (CSC)
  6. Sponsor may view their EFM status by accessing their family member information in the Navy Family Accountability Assessment System (NFAAS)
  7. Once family member no longer requires ongoing health care, specialty service, early intervention, or special education is eligible for disenrollment from EFM program
  8. Contact EFM coordinator for disenrollment from EFM program


EFMP Coordinator

HM1 Brian Sutton



Directives Links 

SECNAVINST 1754.5B (14 DEC 2005)

OPNAVINST 1754.2E (08 JUL 2016)

BUMEDINST 1300.2B (27 JUL 2016)

MILPERSMAN 1300-700 (05 MAR 2008)