TRICARE is a health program for:

  • Uniformed Service members and their families,
  • National Guard/Reserve membersIncludes members of the:
    • Army National Guard
    • Army Reserve
    • Navy Reserve
    • Marine Corps Reserve
    • Air National Guard
    • Air Force Reserve
    • U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
    and their families,
  • Survivors,
  • Former spouses,
  • Medal of Honor recipients and their families, and
  • Others registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

TRICARE is a healthcare program. It isn't an agency and it doesn't determine eligibility. The sponsor’s Uniformed Service decides who is eligible for TRICARE and reports it in DEERS.

Types of Beneficiaries

  1. Sponsors—active duty, retired and Guard/Reserve members.   
  2. Family members—spouses and children who are registered in DEERS.

Your benefits and plans will vary depending on your beneficiary category. Click on the link below that best describes you to learn more:




Last Updated 3/28/2024