Below are common questions we receive daily by email and phone. They are not addressed in any order so please review the questions thoroughly. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page please let us know!
Q: What do I do if I lost/didn’t receive a copy of my EFMB orders?
A: Email the EFMB Test Control Office Group Email email@example.com with the following information: Name, Rank, last four of SSN, and the year, date and location of the EFMB event you attended. We will attempt to locate your orders or will give you guidance on further actions to take.
Q: How do I obtain a slot at an EFMB
A: The Test Control Office does not schedule candidates to attend an EFMB. Requests can only be made through the EFMB OIC/NCOIC of the EFMB host unit. Under the “Host Units” tab at the bottom of the page is a link to a document with contact information for each site. We are not authorized to put individual names or emails; just their telephone numbers. If you are having trouble getting in touch with the host unit EFMB cadre, you can contact us directly to provide you more information. Please attempt to contact the host unit prior to calling the Test Control Office.
Question: What are the first steps to locking in EFMB dates to host an event?
A: The Test Control Office receives request to host memos on a first come first serve basis. Under the “Resources” tab is an example request to host memo that needs to be filled out accurately in order to be approved by the TCO and added to the schedule. Refer to AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 para 2-1 e. (5-7) for the required EFMB timeline. It is also important that you give us the best contact numbers to post on our website and keep us informed of any key personnel changes between the request to host submission and EFMB event.
The host commander must sign and submit a request to conduct EFMB testing to the EFMB Test Control Office (TCO) no later than (NLT) 01 September for the upcoming fiscal year anticipated test-start date. Requests submitted to the EFMB TCO after 1 September will be considered based on date availability and will be up to the discretion of the EFMB TCO. In order to host an EFMB Test, the unit must have a minimum of 50 eligible candidates.
Q: Are there any planning resources for host units to utilize?
A: Under the “Resources” tab you can find an example Concept Brief that contains all the information the Test Control Office will need to know 60 days out from your EFMB. It is an editable PowerPoint document that you can fill in to not recreate the wheel. We also have an excel workbook that can help units plan the number of personnel and equipment needed during their EFMB event by differing candidate population sizes.
Q: What should I [future candidate] do to best prepare for the EFMB?
A: Our best guidance to you as a future candidate is to ask your company/ unit if there is an EFMB Train-up program that you can get involved in. We understand everyone schedules are different so individual efforts you can prepare yourself for are the APFT, 12 Mile Forced March and the EFMB Written Test. All publications for this test can be found online and we recommend studying weeks prior to attending an event and bringing copies of the material with you so you can study during downtime.
There is no one way to be guaranteed successful at an EFMB event. While talking to current badge holders about their experience is a great way to learn tips and tricks of what worked for them, it is best to find what study skills benefit YOU the most in order to make YOU successful when it comes to test week. The R2 center is also a great resource to link up with a performance coach and have them provide specific EFMB preparation to you and fellow Soldiers before an event.
Q: Is there a time restriction to host an EFMB or be a candidate?
A: There is no time restriction to host or attend an EFMB event. Host units need to clearly communicate dates they would like to host an EFMB with the TCO to ensure the schedule allows and candidates need to obtain command support to send to all EFMB Tests.
Q: How do I study for the WT? Is there an approved study guide?
A: Read and study the publications! There is an approved study guide that can be found under the “Tasks” > "Written Test" tab of our website. This is not a question and answer study guide but instead a guide that you will need the publication for reference to learn about the content of what the question is asking.
The EFMB TCO is consistently observing sites and candidates using material that is not applicable for EFMB testing. Much of the material available on other websites is outdated or irrelevant for EFMB testing purposes. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU USE TO PREPARE!
Q: Can sister services/foreign services compete for the badge?
A: AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 para 2-3 a. (4) other service and multinational candidates eligible to compete must be either medical personnel or serving in comparable medical positions. The test board chairperson will determine whether candidates have met a suitable standard prior to acceptance IAW with this publication.
Q: Do you have an example EFMB Train-up Program?
A: Under the “Resources” tab we have a generic train-up program example of an ideal preparation timeline for EFMB. We highly recommend that you use this as a starting point and sit down with your unit’s long range training calendar to tailor this to your battle rhythm.
Q: Is the Weapons Qualification a tested event at the EFMB site?
A: No, the weapon qualification scorecard is part of the candidate packet and will remain a prerequisite to attending EFMB, not a tested event on site. The standard did change that you must now qualify expert on your individual (assigned) weapon within 12 months of the EFMB test end date. (reference AMEDDC&S HRCOE PAM 350-10 Para 2-3. b. (5))