TRICARE is the healthcare system the DoD provides for active duty and retired uniformed service members, their families, and survivors. In military hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities worldwide, active duty service members from any of the seven uniformed services have priority for care. Through TRICARE, family members of uniformed personnel have access to comprehensive healthcare, including family members with disabilities. As outlined in the following, TRICARE combines military healthcare facilities (military hospitals and clinics) as well as TRICARE-authorized civilian healthcare providers to provide care to all eligible beneficiaries.
Each service determines the eligibility status of TRICARE beneficiaries, and this status is maintained in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Make sure to keep your DEERS record up-to-date, especially with each PCS move.