|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy Regulation 385-10, Installation Safety Program, has been
revised to reflect updates to the Department of the Army Motorcycle
“Over the past several years the Department of the Army has made many
changes to the motorcycle portion of its safety regulation,” said Randy
Eddy, Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager. “The McCoy
regulation was updated to mirror the Army regulation and not add too
many extra requirements.”
A Soldier participates in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic
Rider Course held at Fort McCoy Aug. 29. The course is required
for Soldiers to operate motorcycles on or off of the
One of the most-apparent changes to the regulation pertains to the
personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, Eddy said. Wear of PPE
is required for all motorcycle riders on the installation. The
regulation now “strongly encourages use of motorcycle jackets and pants
constructed of abrasion-resistant materials such as leather, KevlarŽ, or
CorduraŽ and containing impact-absorbing padding.”
The phrase “strongly encourages” is used by the Army to make
requirements less stringent, Eddy said.
“It’s trying to standardize motorcycle policy across installations so
anyone, whether riding on or off an installation, anywhere knows the
minimum standards,” he said.
Installation commanders can include additional requirements based on
individual installation needs, Eddy said.
The regulation also encourages riders to select PPE that incorporates
fluorescent colors and retro-reflective (reflects light back to its
source) material because it has eliminated the requirement to wear
reflective gear during periods of reduced visibility and brightly
colored outer garments during daylight hours.
Other new PPE requirements include “approved eye protection to be
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 impact-resistant” and
“requires gloves or mittens to be made of leather or other
The requirement to display an installation decal on motorcycles has been
removed from the regulation. The use of decals for motor vehicles at
Fort McCoy was eliminated October 2011.
Another major change to the regulation is that Soldiers must complete an
appropriate Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Riders Course (BRC)
prior to operating any type of motorcycle on the installation, Eddy
Additionally, within 12 months of competing the BRC, Soldiers must
complete a course based on the type of motorcycle operated — Experienced
Riders Course (ERC) or the Military Sport Bike Riders Course (MSRC).
Soldiers also will be required to take the ERC or MSRC course every
three years as sustainment training, Eddy said. Civilians are not
required to take MSF courses.
“The course requirements are in response to a high number of motorcycle
deaths within the Army,” Eddy said. “It’s not just the young
inexperienced riders but also the older riders who are getting into
Since the beginning of fiscal year 2012, 43 motorcycle fatalities have
occurred in the Army, up from 40 for the same time period in fiscal year
2011, Eddy said.
Soldiers who need to take an MSF course can do so by registering at the
https://apps.imcom.army.mil/airs/default.aspx, said Tim Cumberworth,
ISO safety specialist.
The courses are available free of charge to active-duty, National Guard
and Reserve Soldiers.
The last course for the year is Sept. 20, Cumberworth said. The next
classes will be offered beginning around April 2013.
Units also can request special courses be held as long as they have a
minimum number of students available for the training — BRC at least six
and no more than eight, ERC at least five and no more than eight, MSRC
at least eight and no more than 12 — Cumberworth said. For more
information about MSF courses or holding a unit course, call Cumberworth
For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call the
ISO at 608-388-3403.