EFMP & Medical Records

Preparing for our international Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is crazy-exciting, but holy cow, is there a lot to do!

Over the last seven days, I’ve requested medical records from the doctors I’ve seen over the last five years, have had a general physical, and have had blood drawn, all in preparation for my EFMP screening.

If you aren’t familiar with EFMP, it’s a mandatory program designed to ensure that adequate medical, social, psychological, and educational requirements are available for family members who may have special needs. All family members of soldiers PCSing to an area outside the contiguous U.S. (OCONUS) must be screened.

EFMP is the Army’s way of ensuring that spouses and children who need specialty care for things like developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses, or even severe allergies are not stationed in locations where those special needs can’t be treated. I’m glad to know that the Army is watching out for our family’s best interests.

Our travel to Germany won’t be booked by the Army until all of these medical to-dos (records, blood work, EFMP screening, etc.) have been completed. Hopefully within the next week or two, the medical will be behind us, and we’ll be able to move on to the travel office to begin arranging our flights, transit for our dog, and the shipment of our household goods.

Wish us luck!


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