Suitability Screening & NHCPR Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The suitability screening coordinator will be a centralized person for Active Duty members and their families to complete their OVERSEAS SCREENING, SEA DUTY SCREENING (ship duty), or MEDICAL ASSIGNMENT SCREENING (after a period of limited duty). Per BUMEDINST 1300.2B, the Suitability Screening (SS) process is required to be completed within 30 days of receipt of the Letter of Intent (LOI) Orders. It is important that a SS is thoroughly completed on each service and family member that is selected to go overseas or for special programs. For an overview of the SS process and assigned areas of responsibility, click on the Suitability Screening Process SS Flowsheet/Overview link.

Hours: Meeting with the SS coordinator is by walk-in. Ensure to bring your orders/transfer packet.

Location: Located in NHCPR.   From the quarter deck, ask clerk for the Suitability Screening Coordinator’s (SSC) office.

Contact Information: HM2 Davis, Ryan
      (301) 995-3891


For orders going overseas: Please review the  Overseas Screening Package
For orders going to sea duty: Please review the Sea Duty Screening Package

Mission: To ensure timely processing and suitability of Navy and Marine Corps Service and Family members for overseas or remote duty assignments.

Suitability screening guidance is contained in:
OPNAV Instruction 1300.14D
NAVPERS 15909F, CH-4 Enlisted Transfer Manual
NAVPERS 15559B, CH4, Officers Transfer Manual
BUMED Instruction 1300.2B . Medical, Dental, and Educational Suitability Screening and Exceptional Family Member Program Enrollment.
Forms Reference Guide
Summary of Requirements for Medical, Dental, and Educational Suitability Screening


NHCPR Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

What Is EFMP?

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to provide support to military family members with special needs. The EFMP is a multidisciplinary assignment tool that interfaces with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, community, and personnel support to military families with special needs. EFMP documents long-term medical needs (including physical and mental health) and special educational needs of exceptional family members as mandated by OPNAVINST 1754.2D. Enrollment in the EFMP ensures consideration of the needs of family members in the detailing process.

The EFM Program ensures optimum use of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) money by considering the Navy's requirements, the service member's career, and the special needs of family members.

It is the goal of EFMP to identify family members with long-term needs for special medical and educational services as well as ensure that family members are located where medical and special educational needs can be met.


Should You Be Enrolled in the EFMP?

To determine whether the program applies to you, answer the following questions. If you answer "yes" to any of them, contact your Command point of contact, the EFMP Coordinator. It's important that you enroll before your Projected Rotation Date (PRD) to ensure your detailer considers your family's special needs prior to selecting your next duty station.

  • Do you have a child with a disability?
  • Do you have a dependent child over 21 in the incapacitated dependent program?
  • Do you have a child in special education more than 10% of the school day?
  • Do you have a spouse or child receiving treatment for cancer, lupus, heart disease, leukemia, diabetes, mental illness, or other long-term illness?
  • Do you have a family member in a residential treatment facility?
  • Do you have a child receiving medical care through a state medical program?
  • Do you have a family member receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?
  • Are you a geographic bachelor because of a family member's special medical or educational needs?


Sponsor Responsibilities

As a sponsor, you are responsible for contacting your EFMP Coordinator. If you are already enrolled please contact the MTF Coordinators as well.

NHC Patuxent River EFM Coordinators

Primary: 301-342-3098

Assistant: 301-995-1703

Feel free to contact our offices with any questions or concerns. It is a pleasure and honor to serve you and your loved ones.

EFMP Contact & Appointments

Call 301-342-4060 to book an appointment.