moh to efm

Up until last week, I was what the government refers to as a Member of Household, or MOH for short.  Basically what this means is that in the eyes of the State Department I was luggage – they didn’t mind if I tagged along, but they sure weren’t going to pay for it, sort of like our dog.

But last week in a small ceremony, Alex and I got hitched.  What does this mean for us?  Well, besides the fact that I have to remember to call her my “wife” instead of “girlfriend” or the less popular “lady type,” it means I am now an Eligible Family Member (EFM).  According to the government, I’m official.  This gives me all sorts of extra privileges like room for my clothes in our air baggage, possible language training before going to post and a plane ticket to get there.

With this ring I grant thee health insurance.

Of course that’s not why we wanted to get married.  We got married because we love each other and have felt that way for quite a long time.  We can’t wait to start our adventure in the foreign service, but mostly can’t wait to start it together.

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7 Responses to moh to efm

  1. Linda says:

    Congratulations and all the best on your adventure together. Have fun!

  2. Jeanne says:

    And you became an SIL to me.

  3. A Thousand Congratulations!!!

    With this ring I grant thee health insurance — LOL! Awesome!!!


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  4. David says:

    Wow! Congratulations! All sorts of excitement in your lives right now.

  5. Yey for you guys! This is so awesome!

    As you have probably guessed I just discovered your blog and am reading every post.

  6. Tom says:

    Andy, just saw this after your email. Congratulations! Let the married adventure begin!

  7. Bill says:

    Hi Andy,

    Sorry to hijack your comments, but I came across your blog when searching on Google for “member of household”. I work for the government and I will moving to the UK for 3 years. I want to bring my girlfriend along as an MOH but I’m having trouble finding the requirements to declare her as such. I would really, really appreciate it if you could reply to this comment or email me at with information on how you managed to declare yourself as an MOH.

    Thanks so much!

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