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TRICARE for Activated Guard and Reserve

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If you are a Reservist or National Guardsman called to Active Duty you may be worried about your health care coverage. Don't worry - you and your family are covered under TRICARE.

The following is a summary of the facts you need to know:

  • Important Benefits Updates
  • Eligibility
  • Important TRICARE Contact Information
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Important TRICARE Updates:

The DoD has announced that all members of the selected reserve now have the option to purchase their health coverage from TRICARE. Check out the TRICARE Reserve Select fact sheet to learn more. 

In addition, as a reservist you may be eligible for the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP).

TRICARE While on Duty

When on military duty, Reserve Component (RC) members are covered for any injury, illness or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty. This includes traveling directly to or from the place where they perform military duty.

When ordered to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days, RC members and their family's heath and dental care needs are covered under several TRICARE options. TRICARE offers options: TRICARE Standard, TRICARE Extra, TRICARE Prime, and TRICARE Prime Remote for Active Duty Family Members (TPRADFM).


Reserve members and National Guard members called to active duty are covered under TRICARE. Family members are covered as well.

Early Eligibility for Reserve Component
If you have received delayed-effective-date active duty orders with a reporting date some time in the future, did you know you and your family might already be eligible for health care coverage under TRICARE? Learn more about Early Eligibility.

Go to our TRICARE Overview page to read more about TRICARE.

If you aren't sure whether TRICARE covers a service or supply, contact your regional TRICARE contractor. They can advise you about covered services, but they can't guarantee payment by TRICARE. If you're enrolled in TRICARE Prime, be sure to see your PCM for a referral before getting any type of civilian specialized medical care.

The applicable Federal laws and 32 CFR Part 199 are the final word on any TRICARE issue. If any difference exists among this handbook, what anybody tells you, and the law and regulation, it's the law and regulation that apply (32 CFR 199 is on the Military Health System/TRICARE website.

TRICARE Important Telephone Numbers

  • TRICARE For Life Program 1-888-DOD-LIFE (1-888-363-5433)
  • Pharmacy Program 1-866-363-8779 
  • National Mail Order Pharmacy 1-866-363-8667 
  • TRICARE Prime Remote (1-888-363-2273)
  • TRICARE Dental Program 1-800-866-8499
  • Retiree Dental Program 1-888-838-8737
  • Active Duty Claims (Military Medical Support Office) 1-800-876-1131

For general information about TRICARE, call one of the many toll-free TRICARE information lines found at the TRICARE Contact Us web page.

Hearing or speech-impaired beneficiaries may call TTY/TDD at 1-877-535-6778.

You can call Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed on holidays).

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