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    Hello I was wanting to know dose anyone have any experience with EFMP? If so could you please tell me about it . Thank you.
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    What would you like to know about it? I recently sat in on a lecture from an EFMP coordinator, so I might have some answers.

    In general, it is a program intended to keep families from being sent to places where the military can not guarantee the medical (or related) services they need will be available to them. You enroll and are assigned a category (for the Navy version of the program, at least, but other services may differ). Some locations will have basic policies that no Cat Whatevers are allowed. But even within a category, there can be some places where they can take your category, but your specific condition may not be able to be sufficiently treated there. You are supposed to enroll when you (or a family member) gets any kind of significant diagnosis.

    That's it, in a nutshell, with a lot of generalities. If you have specific questions, hopefully either I or someone here can answer them.
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    I'm enrolled in EFMP. It was a dream crusher for us in many ways, but we have learned to enjoy the positives of staying where we are longer than the norm. If you have any specific questions, let me know. Things can be branch, location and condition dependent.
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    Here's some official FAQs about the program, to get you started. You may already know this, but it not, it's a good intro.
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    Another thing to remember is that if you have a qualifying condition it is a requirement to enroll. I had to sit through a meeting last week with one of the coordinators as well as she mentioned that
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    Sorry , I went out ok so if you have a qualifying condition then when you get diagnosed you would be told then that you need to enroll? I ask bc me and my husband are very lost on this whole thing he is stuck in holds right now so he has no clear answer to any questions and I have no answers to anything but a person over him did tell him to go and get me enrolled in this program. So I just wanted to find out what all that would mean for both me and him? And I thank all of you for all the information I am about to go read the link right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceci View Post
    Sorry , I went out ok so if you have a qualifying condition then when you get diagnosed you would be told then that you need to enroll? I ask bc me and my husband are very lost on this whole thing he is stuck in holds right now so he has no clear answer to any questions and I have no answers to anything but a person over him did tell him to go and get me enrolled in this program. So I just wanted to find out what all that would mean for both me and him? And I thank all of you for all the information I am about to go read the link right now.
    Unfortunately, no. Or at least not necessarily. The doctors are separate from the EFM program. It is your responsibility to enroll. The doctors may never mention EFM, and may not be knowledable about it at all.

    Every base should have an EFM coordinator. Google to find yours, and give that person a call. They can walk you through the process and figure out if you need to enroll, and help you do so if it is necessary.

    As for what it means, that varies. It could mean very little. If you are in a very low category (very minor condition) there might be a few bases to which he can't be assigned, if any. If you are in a higher category, it will likely mean he won't receive overseas orders, but that's a generality. A high category might even mean that some stateside bases are off limits for him.

    Be aware that even if you aren't enrolled in EFMP, that doesn't mean you will be cleared to move overseas if if gets overseas orders. The two processes--EFMP enrollment and the overseas medical screen--have some overlap, but they are not the same.

    From this link

    NAVY EFMP Enrollment Categories:

    Category 1: Needs do not generally limit assignments
    Category 2: pinpoint to specific geographic location
    Category 3: Usually no overseas assignments (based on availability of services)
    Category 4: Assignments near major military or civilian medical facilities (50 mi. radius)
    Category 5: Homesteading- geographic location that offers both sea and shore assignments
    Category 6: Temporary Category- Condition requires a stable environment for 6-12mo.; Must update within that time period for permanent category
    And this link has more info about category locations, and examples of conditions at each level.
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    Ok thank you so much I am reading all the links as you put them up , he is going to go apply for it today. So we will see how it goes. I am very thankful for all of your help this whole thing has had me lost. And a little worried about if I am inrolled in this program will that mean he will not be able to advance? That is the last thing I will ask you .
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    I sent you a PM, but this is from that first link.

    Does enrollment have any impact on the service member's career?
    Enrollment in EFMP does not adversely affect selection for promotion, schools, or assignment. Information concerning enrollment in EFMP or any of the data used in the program is not made available to selection boards.
    As long as he can still get all the experiences and milestones required to advance, he will be fine. Also, it is not optional to enroll, so if you were to not enroll and the issue came up, he could get in trouble for that, especially not that someone has specifically told him to look in to it. I know it's scary. It's something a lot of people worry about. And while the program isn't perfect, it does exist to protect families, keep them together, and make sure all needs can be met. Sometimes that means not getting to go to a cool or desirable location, and that frustrates people, but all things considered, that's better than sending you somewhere that the military can't make sure you get the care you need.

    Also, if your condition is more minor, you might be in a lower category, in which case it is unlikely to affect anything.
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    We've been told that if you know you have an EFMP condition you are supposed to take the initiative to enroll. The majors would be cancer, mental health and asthma. I'm currently EFMP only because I haven't disenrolled yet. It's most important at PCS season if you have a specialist that may not be widely available. The program varies by branch. The Air Force's is much different than the Navy. I don't have a category and it's based off whatever random doctor happens to be looking at our paperwork that day which leaves a lot of gray area.
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