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The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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 E6.2.1.3:

E6. “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.”

E6. “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.”

E6. “If an employee brings a family member to an overseas location who requires medical or dental care, the employee will be responsible for obtaining and paying for such care. Access for civilian employees and their families to military medical and dental treatment facilities is on a space-available and reimbursable basis only.”

For information on overseas DoD Dependent Schools and Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, go to this link.

Positions at Lajes: If selected for a position at Lajes Field, the applicant must be able to satisfactorily complete a physical. A physical is a condition of employment overseas and Lajes has a medical clinic on base that provides basic medical care and is available to civilian employees for a fee. There is a Portuguese hospital on the island that will accept American patients. Applicants with medical conditions are advised to carefully research the availability of specific medical care when selected for a position.


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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.

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To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. More information on COVID-19 requirements may be found at: .