This page provides helpful information for PCSing into and out of MacDill AFB as an EFMP family. This page provides an overview of PCS processes and other personnel/assignment options (deferments, reassignments, dependency determination) as an EFMP family. You’ll work with each agency for personalized assistance.
The Department of the Air Force (DAF) EFMP Office now offers comprehensive information and resources to Air and Space Force families! DAF Family Vector.
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If you're planning for a move to MacDill AFB and are an EFMP family, check out the resources below!
- Read the PCS Into MacDill: A Step by Step Guide
- Contact MacDill AFB EFMP Family Support Coordinator any time for assistance!
- Join the MacDill AFB EFMP Facebook Group and ask to be added to our EFMP Distribution list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the EFMP Special Education Page for IEP and 504 Plan information and reach out to our School Liaison for additional education resources.
- Check out the EFMP PCS Planning Checklist to prep for your move.
The PCS process has changed for all Airmen and Guardians and is now completed through MyVector which requires a Common Access Card (CAC) and is available to service members only at this time. For this process, families will work with both EFMP Medical and EFMP Assignments (MPF) at different times. Those enrolled in EFMP will also have additional mandatory requirements with EFMP Family Support.
EFMP FAMILY SUPPORT MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
EFMP sponsors will work with EFMP Family Support Coordinators to complete mandatory items on their vMPF checklist. These items are required prior to receiving orders. The purpose is to ensure we assess areas of need, address them, and provide a warm handover to the gaining base.
DEFERMENTS & REASSIGNMENTS
EFMP Assignments can assist in understanding the process of applying for an EFMP Deferment or Reassignment as needed.
The Exceptional Family Member Program provides an initial 12-month deferment for a newly diagnosed condition when the Airman’s presence is essential in establishing and/or participating in the treatment program. Deferment from reassignment may also be appropriate if a treatment program is at a critical juncture and the Airman’s continued presence is absolutely essential to continuing the treatment program. The Exceptional Family Member Program also provides reassignment when an Airman is assigned to an area and a new medical, special education, related service, or early intervention need arises for which the needed services are not available within the assignment locale. Once a treatment program is established, whether formally through the Exceptional Family Member Program or on the Airman’s own initiative, the Airman is then considered worldwide assignable.
Guidance on the process and requirements can be found in AFI 36-2110 - Total Force Assignments (Jul 2020), beginning on page 32.
Incapacitated children of active duty or retired Service members may be eligible for TRICARE health benefits and base privileges after age 21 if they meet the following criteria:
- Incapable of providing his or her own support
- Dependent on the sponsor for over 50 percent of his or her support (if the sponsor is deceased, the child must have received over 50 percent of his or her support from the sponsor at the time of death)
- Incapacitation must have occurred prior to age 21 (or age 23 if enrolled as a full-time student)
- Unmarried—if the child marries and subsequently becomes unmarried due to divorce, annulment, or the death of the spouse, the sponsor may apply for reinstatement of the child’s benefits and entitlements as long as he or she meets all other requirements.
Once the dependency determination is approved, the incapacitated child of active duty Service member can receive an ID card every four years (incapacitated status must be re-determined every four years). Indefinite military ID cards are authorized for family members of retired Service members entitled to Medicare due to a disability. Eligibility for an indefinite ID card does not waive the requirement to complete a dependency determination through the appropriate office for the sponsor’s Service (see the last page for “Contact Information”) every four years for permanently incapacitated adult children.
Contact the MPF office to receive assistance with completing and understanding the process. Additional resources are:
- dfas.mil (see all branches of service)
- Attend EFMP Orientation Class where MPF briefs how to complete and submit the forms. Email email@example.com to register.