TRICARE is the healthcare system the Department of Defense (DoD) provides for active duty and retired uniformed services members, their families, and survivors. In military hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities worldwide, active duty service members from any of the seven uniformed services—Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—have priority for care. Through TRICARE, disabled family members of uniformed personnel have the advantage of comprehensive healthcare. Many of them who are also low-income families may qualify for both disability benefits and assistance. To provide care to all beneficiaries, TRICARE combines military healthcare resources as well as some TRICARE-authorized civilian healthcare providers.
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.