Posted on Nov 28, 2013
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<span lang="EN"><p>With the increase of motorcycle accidents happening across the Military. What precautions are you as leaders doing to try and keep motorcycle accidents down? What are the Mentors teaching and or training and who do they go to for their information? This might be a little issue but as an avid rider and former Mentor, making sure the Soldiers had all the Correct information, proper PPE and licensing IAW AR 385-10 sec 11-9, is an up hill battle. What about the winter months? Thoughts? </p></span>
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SGM Erik Marquez
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As a fellow motorcyclist lead by example where the gear not because it's an order but because it makes sense

Take the classes not because it's a regulation requirement but if the leader can make the time to do it so can the service member.

Demand that the policies and procedures service members must follow to ride are not made so strenuous and difficult to comply with that it all but assures lack of compliance...

Deal harshly with leaders that "protect" their servicemen by blocking or delaying the process.... It serves no one but THEM, its selfish, unprofessional, and I have great pride in calling them out and CC'ing the Army Chief of staff, Div and CORPS commanders on my communication to them when I find out they are doing so.

Encourage and support the riders being a life long learner... take the class again, learn something new, remember something old.
Take a new class..discover something you didn't know you didn't know.

Seek out and encourage non unit motorcycle mentors

Hearing save speed for the track from your lips and the PLT Sgt or company commander falls on deaf ears
Here in the same words from the AMA pro Super cross champion of 2001 might make all the difference.

Invite speakers on safety.....experts in the field, or personal experience having survived a crash, with or without gear..
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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Agree with what everyone has said. However all the information provided in motorcycle training generally centers on operating on base/post. In my experience the greatest hazard to motorcyclists is travel off base/post where you can't rely on drivers being trained, aware or even concerned about someone on a motorcycle. I think this fact could be one reason that you see leaders "protect" their servicemen as SGM Erik Marquez describes.
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SFC James Baber
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I know when I was @ Lee, we had a mandatory program that had you taking all the relevant classes and proving you had all the required safety equipment before you could even register the bike on post. It is not a cure all, but it was a positive beginning to help.
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