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Fort McCoy News April 26, 2013

Free motorcycle training available for Soldiers

Soldiers who wish to ride motorcycles at Fort McCoy can sign up for safety classes to meet Army requirements.

The classes are being offered at Fort McCoy from April through August and are free to military personnel. Military personnel must register through AIRS (Army Installation Management Command Registration System) and take the courses at Fort McCoy to have the Army pay for the training.

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A student operates a motorcycle while training under the direction of Les Mlsna, a Wisconsin Ride Safe instructor, during a Basic Riders Course April 15 at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette

The two-day Basic Riders Course (BRC) will be held at Fort McCoy April 29-30; May 9-10; May 13-14; June 3-4; June 13-14; June 17-18; June 27-28; July 11-12; July 25-26; and August 8-9.

Motorcycles will be supplied for the BRC training.

Experienced Riders Course (ERC) will hold one-day classes May 15 and June 19. Classes are five hours.

A Military Sport Bike Riders Course (MSRC) will be offered May 22. The class is eight hours.

ERC and MSRC participants must bring their own motorcycles for the courses.

If a class is full or a prospective student hasn't registered, they can show up and take the course in a standby mode if someone doesn't attend.

Required clothing for all three courses includes eye protection, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants, gloves, helmet (three-quarters or full face) and over-the-ankle footwear, such as boots.

Class participants are not required to have a motorcycle learners permit.

However, a permit is required if motorcyclists practice on motorcycles outside of class. Military personnel must take taken BRC prior to riding a motorcycle.

Spouses or other Family members who need the training can take it on a fee basis in Onalaska or on or off post with ABATE.

Registration for the Onalaska Course is available by calling 715-299-7728 or visiting the website

Registration with ABATE is available by calling 608-284-7415 or 1-800-386-4442 or visiting the website

For more information about taking the course at Fort McCoy through AIRS or for personnel who do not have computer access, call the Installation Safety Office at 608-388-7712.