Posted on Apr 25, 2019
SSG(P) Squad Leader
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I keep getting mix messages on the responsibilities of BN Master Driver. Where can I find the responsibilities? The last BN master driver told me to make sure the companies master driver doing everything by the book. Then I was told I teaching a class on Humvee and LMTV. Then send them back to the individual unit to get more training on their vehicles. I would greatly appreciate any information you have
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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I’ve never been a Master Driver, but what I’ve seen work is pretty much along the same lines as grooming your troops.

First, I would recommend you teach your “subordinate” Master Drivers, include them in a semiannual or annual training session that you put together—after all, the BN Master Driver should be licensed on all equipment within the BN and also be able to conduct concurrent training to Soldiers in need; but at the same time having your unit Master Drivers attend the same training.

Second, once you’ve presented the standard and your trainers are trained then it’s their responsibility (yours also) to ensure that they conduct the same training within their unit/platoon/etc to the same standard (which should be by the book).

The old saying “you can lead a horse to water, but can’t make them drink” (something like that), comes to mind in this situation. You can teach them, but it’s ultimately up to them to retain that information and produce a successful drivers training program. I mean, they should be able to since they were selected for the task by their superiors. You should essentially be the overseer/standard bearer for the entire battalion, ensuring the unit(s) program is being ran to standard and meets the commanders intent. Just my two cents. Good luck!
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1SG John Furr
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That's really going to be up to the commander. I've seen it where the drivers program was completely controlled at the battalion level, and I've also seen it where it was delegated down to the company. In a perfect world, I would see the BN Master Driver, as the "Train the Trainer" for the Company's Master Drivers, who can license. But like I said, your role will be dictated by how much your BC is willing to let go.
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