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Exceptional Family Member Program
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at Camp Pendleton assists active duty personnel in providing for the special needs of family members before, during and after relocation required by a change of duty assignment. The program ensures every attempt is made to bring together military careers and special needs.
Any authorized dependent family member (spouse, child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child, or dependent parent) of active duty personnel residing with the sponsor who possess a physical, medical, or emotional disability for a period of six months or more is eligible for enrollment.
It is mandatory, per MCO P1754.4B, that family member’s with special needs enroll in the EFMP. This assists Headquarters Marine Corps with assigning active duty personnel to locations where the special needs of family members can best be met.
Any active duty family member enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) with a physical, emotional, developmental or learning disability and requiring special services is eligible.
Marine Access to EFMP Status
Recently, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) launched a website to assist sponsors in checking their EFMP status. The Case Management System (CMS) is the database we use to monitor enrollment or additional needs families may have. In order to establish an account, sponsors must have a Manpower & Reserve Affairs (M&RA) Portal account. Sponsors can sign up for M&RA Portal accounts here.
Active and reserve Marines who request M&RA Portal accounts are automatically approved. Sponsors can then access their information via the CMS here.
If a sponsor attempts to check his/her status without having a M&RA Portal account first, the CMS will give them a message instructing them to sign up for a Portal account and will provide the link. If you have difficulty registering on the Portal, please call the EFMP HQ help desk: (703) 784-9030.
Note: Access to Manpower site with Active Duty CAC card only.
EFMP Support Groups
Talk & Walk: designed to provide an opportunity for everyone to meet monthly at the track for networking and exercise. Flier ( pdf412k )
Meeting: Last Monday of each month: 9:30am-10:30am, Paige Fieldhouse Track
Meet & Greet: designed for EFMP families to meet monthly to enjoy seasonal activities and great company.
Flier ( pdf 256k )
Meeting: Last Sunday of each month: 1:00pm – 2:00 pm, San Onofre III Lincoln Military Housing Community Center Playground
EFMP Playgroup: designed for parents that would like to network while their children play. It is open to all EFMP families regardless of diagnosis. Flier ( 344k pdf )
Meeting: Second Thursday of each month: 10am-11am, ADA Playground near Lake O'Neill campgrounds (behind Youth Sports on Lakeside Drive)
Guy Talk: a workshop designed for active duty male personnel who have a dependent enrolled in the EFMP. A casual and confidential place where men can discuss the dual demands having both a military career/deployments and having a special needs family member. Group meetings are scheduled upon request by individual units/commands.