Activating | TRICARE






You have 90 days after your activation date to change your family’s health plan.

When you're activatedClick to closeCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row.:

  • You’ll receive the same benefits as active duty service members.
  • Your family also gets TRICARE coverage as active duty family members.

Your Health Plan Options

When you get to your final duty station, you'll enroll in a TRICARE Prime plan.

Your Family's Health Plan Options

Family members may be able to enroll in a Prime plan depending on where they live.  They can also use:

If your adult child uses TRICARE Young Adult, their coverage won’t change when you activate.

Are you currently using TRICARE Reserve Select?

TRICARE Reserve Select coverage ends when you activate.

  • You'll get a refund for premiums you paid for coverage after your activation date.
  • You can purchase TRS again when you deactivate, if you still qualify for it.

Dental Coverage

Do you have delayed-effective-date orders?

If yes, then you qualify for the "early eligibility" pre-activation benefit:

  • Coverage begins up to 180 days before you report to active duty.
  • Includes pharmacy and dental care.
  • Family members are also covered during this pre-activation period.
  • Benefits continue when active duty service begins.

If you don't meet early eligibility requirements, coverage for you and your family begins on the first day of your orders.

"Activating" is not the same as "mobilizing."

While you will be activated when you mobilize (or get ready to deploy), you don’t always mobilize when you are activated.  >>Learn more about the steps you need to take when you're about to deploy.

Are you a Federal employee?

If you're enrolled in the Federal Employee's Health Benefit Program and called to military duty, you may be able to continue coverage or elect to drop the coverage. >>Learn More about Coverage for Civilian Employees Called to Military Duty 

Last Updated 12/19/2017