NOTE: If you are currently PCS status or will be in the near future, please be sure to "SAVE" or ""PRINT" a copy of the PCS briefing(s) that apply to your status for referencing should questions arise.
Introduction: It is DoD policy that considerations in reassigning a Service member shall be based on the policy stated in reference (a) and special needs of family members shall affect reassignments overseas solely according to this Instruction. Selection of civilians for overseas positions shall not be based on those individuals having family members with special needs.
Important information for applicants with family members with special medical or educational needs: Applicants who have family members with special medical or educational needs should review the DoD Instruction 1315.19 at this link for information regarding living and working in an overseas area.
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to families with special needs. An exceptional family member is a child or adult dependent with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling.
Special Needs Family Member Overseas Travel and Guidance: Applies to overseas PCS entitlements: Authorizing Special Needs Family Member Travel Overseas at Government Expense: DoD Instruction 1315.19 Section E126.96.36.199:
E188.8.131.52.1. “If an employee brings a child to an overseas location and that child is entitled to attend the DoDDS on a space-required basis under DoD Directive 1342.13, the DoDDS and the Military Department responsible for providing related services shall ensure that the child, if eligible for special education under DoD Instruction 1342.12, receives a free appropriate public education, including special education and related services.”
E184.108.40.206.2. “If an employee brings an infant or toddler (birth through age 2 years of age) to an overseas location, and that infant or toddler, but for age, is entitled to attend the DoDDS on a space-required basis under DoD Directive 1342.13, the Military Department responsible for providing early intervention services (EIS) shall ensure that the infant or toddler, if eligible for EIS under DoD Instruction 1342.12, receives the required EIS.”
In accordance with U.S. codes, federal agencies are required to have an Affirmative program for the recruitment, employment and advancement of disabled veterans.
The Department of the Air Force strives to provide to qualified disabled Veteran applicants and employees affirmative employment in recruitment, hiring, placement, advancement, training, career development and, when appropriate, reasonable accommodation with a special emphasis on those veterans with disabilities rated at 30 percent or more.