Understanding EFMP so you can PCS to your next duty station stress free

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to provide community support to family members with special needs. The EFMP screening process can be frustrating for some when moving to your next duty station. But it doesn’t have to be.

Meagan-Cook

Meagan Cook, Schweinfurt’s EFMP Case Coordinator.

Hello Schweinfurt, my name is Meagan Cook and I’m the EFMP Case Coordinator for the USAG Schweinfurt Health Clinic. My goal is to help you understand mandatory EFMP screening so you can PCS stress free! But I ask that you act now. EFMP services will be available until June 15, 2014 with very limited services from May 15 – June 15. Just follow this guidance and we’ll get you and your family screened.

First, who needs EFMP screening? Soldiers with family members that are PCSing to another OCONUS location (which means outside the U.S) require an EFMP screening. However, in the Army, we all know that your orders might change last minute. It’s happened before … A Soldier thinks he’s going to Fort Bragg and, wah-lah!, he and his family get new orders to Vicenza, and now he and his family need to be screened. Therefore, I encourage everyone to get the EFMP screening. But don’t worry. It doesn’t take as long as you might think. Please follow these few simple steps:

Soldiers that DO NOT have family members enrolled in EFMP:

  • Prior to the screening, Soldiers/spouses need to complete Part A of DA Form 5888 and all of DA Form 7246.
  • Have your DA Form 5888 authenticated at Conn Barracks, Bldg. 40 in the DEERS office.
  • Next, get your EFMP screening at my office. I’m located at the Health Clinic on Ledward Barracks. No appointment is necessary. All screenings are completed on a walk-in basis. My hours are Monday – Thursday from 0900-1200 and 1300-1500, and Friday from 0900-1200.
  • Spouses, if you married a Soldier within the last three years, ensure you have a current physical on file (within the last year). Children must also have a current physical within the last year. You can get the physical completed at the health clinic here.
  • Local National family members seen off-post by a German physician will need a German Bill of Health form completed by their physician. You can pick up that form in my office.
  • EFMP screening is valid for 1 year.
  • Complete the EFMP clearing process at ACS.

Soldiers with family members enrolled in EFMP (PSCing OCONUS or CONUS):

  • Your EFMP paperwork must be updated before your orders can be processed.
  • Medical enrollments must be updated every 3 years, or if the diagnoses have changed. Educational enrollments must be updated every year.
  • Get your EFMP screening at my office. I’m located at the Health Clinic on Ledward Barracks. No appointment is necessary. All screenings are completed on a walk-in basis. My hours are Monday – Thursday from 0900-1200 and 1300-1500, and Friday from 0900-1200.
  • The process to update a medical EFMP packet can take up to one month to complete.
  • Complete the EFMP clearing process at ACS.
  • Need assistance? Reach out to my office at 354-6897, CIV 09721-96-6897 or the EFMP manager by visiting or calling ACS at DSN 354-6933, CIV 09721-96-6933.

We have an EFMP manager located at the ACS building on Ledward, who is available to answer any questions you may have regarding EFMP. We’re here to help.

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