General Berger’s planning guidance asks leaders to ensure Marines are well-led and cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually….”  Leaders at all levels, especially SNCOs and company grade officers, play an important role in shaping the conversation about EFMP.

  • EFMP enrollment supports individual, family and unit readiness by ensuring Marines are assigned to billets where their family members will have access to necessary medical care and educational services, allowing the Marine to focus on the mission.
  • General Berger’s planning guidance asks leaders to ensure Marines are well-led and cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually….” He further states that “…company grade officers and mid-grade SNCOs have the appropriate experience base, maturity and daily interactions with junior Marines...and have his full faith and confidence.”
  • Leaders at all levels, especially SNCOs and company grade officers, play an important role in shaping the conversation about EFMP.
  • Being informed with accurate information, rather than perpetuating myths or misinformation is good leadership
  • It is important for leaders to be accurately informed about the program and to understand how to address myths or misinformation which prevent Marines and families from enrolling
  • Common misinformation includes:
    • EFMP enrollment will negatively impact career progression and promotion
    • EFMP enrollment will prevent me from serving an overseas assignment or taking a career enhancing billet in a remote location
    • EFMP assigns categories which have pre-determined restrictions for my PCS assignment
  • A tool to get the facts to address these myths can be found in a comprehensive study conducted by the Marine Corps Operational Analysis Division, titled Analysis of the Impact of Exceptional Family Member Program Enrollment on Individual Marine Career Progression and Promotion.
    • Purpose: To analyze the individual career progression of EFMP-enrolled Marines compacted to non-enrolled peers in order to determine if EFMP enrollment negatively impacts career progression and promotion.
    • Scope: The study analyzed career progression of more than 20,000 Marines between 1989 and 2015.
    • Results:  (1) Enrollees remained in service slightly longer than non-enrolled matched peer group; (2) enrollment had no impact on high grade achieved; (3)  enrollees achieved highest grade in the same or shorter amount of time than the average of their non-enrolled matched peer group.
    • Read the full study at https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/FamilyCare
  • Ask for an EFMP brief or learn more by contacting your local installation EFMP office
  • Testimonials (pulled from Leatherneck Article, On Their Side, Exceptional Family Member Program Eases Strain on Marine Families, April 2020:
    • “What EFMP has allowed me to do is to focus on my career more and help my wife more to take care of things when I’m not here...I can perform my job at the best of my abilities. I don’t know if I could have done that without EFMP. I don’t know if people would have understood or cared.”  -MSgt Juan Ortegon
    • “Sometimes Marines are afraid of it [EFMP enrollment].  They’re afraid that it could have some negative stipulations on their career. It’s a resource that’s going to help you tremendously and you really need to take advantage of it. Just don’t abuse it or think that it’s going to get you out of doing something you don’t want to do. It’s not going to hurt you, it’s going to help you.”  -Col Robert Wiser
    • “We were stumbling around blind…We didn’t know where to go from there, and EFMP kind of stepped in and said, ‘We’ve got this.’ They are lifesavers. Even if they don’t know the answer right then and there, they’ll get the answer for you, and they’ve never failed to pull through for us.” -Stephanie Chaney, spouse of GySgt Joshua Chaney

If you have questions regarding the EFMP program, reach out to your installation's EFMP program.