TRICARE Benefits for Activated National Guard and Reserve Members


Currently, thousands of National Guard and Reserve service members have been mobilized across the country to support the fight against COVID-19.

Were you called to active duty? If you have questions about your eligibility for TRICARE, contact your unit personnel office. You can also check milConnect to see if you’ve gained TRICARE eligibility and benefits as an active duty service member.

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Follow your command guidance on TRICARE enrollment for you and your eligible family members. The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) will show whether you’re eligible for and can enroll in TRICARE Prime. If your duty location is within 50 miles or an hour’s drive time of a military hospital or clinic, you can enroll in TRICARE Prime. You’ll have a primary care manager at that hospital or clinic assigned to you. Otherwise, you may be eligible to enroll in TRICARE Prime Remote.

Make sure your eligible family members are up to date in DEERS. When you activate for more than 30 days on qualifying orders, TRICARE will cover them as active duty family members. If TRICARE Prime is available in the area where they live, TRICARE will automatically enroll them in TRICARE Prime. Otherwise, TRICARE will enroll them in TRICARE Select. If qualified, TRICARE Prime Remote may also be an option. Activation is a Qualifying Life Event. This means that family members can change their coverage within 90 days of the date of the automatic enrollment if they qualify to do so.

Download the TRICARE Choices for National Guard and Reserve Handbook to learn more about your TRICARE options. And learn more about TRICARE for National Guard and Reserve members and their families on the TRICARE website. Thank you for your service.

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At the time of posting, this information is current. Visit or TRICARE COVID Guidance for the most current COVID-19 information.

Last Updated 6/23/2020