ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service) -- Everyone who
drives an Army vehicle must complete a new online course designed to
make people think about driving safer.
The Accident Avoidance Course now is available through the Army
Knowledge Online Learning Management Services (ALMS).
All new Soldiers, civilian employees and contractor employees
who drive Army-owned or leased vehicles must complete the training
when they start working for the Army.
Refresher training must be completed every four years.
The course meets the four-year refresher training requirements
of Army Regulation 385-55 and Army Regulation 600-55.
Safety Office urges work force
to take course
Fort McCoy is aware of the Online Accident Avoidance
Course and encourages all Soldiers and civilian employees to go
online and take the course, said Lt. Col. Randall R. Eddy, McCoy
Safety manager. The course is mandatory for all new Soldiers and
civilians who will be working for the Army. The course is
well designed and is worth taking the time to complete,
Several of the Soldiers mobilizing at McCoy already have
taken this online course.
Fort McCoy also conducts a four-hour Defensive Driving
Course, which is required for anyone driving military, General
Services Administration or rental vehicles on Fort McCoy.
"This also is an excellent course and will help you
to sharpen up your driving skills," he said.
Another tool available for Soldiers and civilians is the
ASMIS-1 "POV Risk Assessment." ASMIS-1 POV is
available on the Combat Readiness Center Web site: https://crc.army.mil.
This should be used whenever a Soldier or civilian goes on pass
or leave, and is traveling more than 60 miles from home or duty
Additional information about motor vehicle safety can be
found on the Fort McCoy Safety Web site, which is available
through the extranet and requires use of an Army Knowledge
Online account and password.
Installation Management Agency (IMA) safety officials worked
with the Combat Readiness Center and the National Traffic Safety
Institute to develop a course that explores how values and attitudes
affect an individual's driving behavior. Driving is one of the few
critical skills that Soldiers use in both military and civilian life.
Changing a Soldier's attitude toward vehicle safety over the span of
his career is key to reducing accidents, said Mario Owens, chief of
Safety and Occupational Health for IMA.
Training will be customized to each person using a risk
assessment of driving behavior and habits. The driver's safety course
is expected to motivate people to improve driving skills, Owens said.
Awareness of aggressive driving, defensive-driving techniques
and avoiding distractions will be emphasized through the course.
Discussion of driving under the influence, substance abuse,
child safety and weather factors also are included in the online
training program, which takes about an hour to complete.
Driving accidents - both in Army motor vehicles and privately
owned vehicles - are the No. 1 killer of Soldiers, Owens said. More
Soldiers have died behind the wheel in fiscal 2005 than in each of the
previous 14 years. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, Army motor vehicle
accidents and privately owned vehicle accidents combined for 68
percent of all military Army accidental fatalities.
"Soldiers are driving more than ever before and under a
wider variety of conditions than they ever did previously. Soldiers
must drive everything from passenger cars to Humvees," Owens
said. "This contributes to accidents from human error and
behavioral factors. The Army also has more Soldiers who have never
driven before entering the Army."
About 25 percent of new Soldiers do not have driver's licenses
when they join the Army. Standardized traffic safety courses for
everyone who drives in the Army that incorporate awareness, skills and
motivation are one of the first steps in reducing accidents and
improving combat readiness, Owens said.
IMA also plans to field in the next year instructors who will
hold face-to-face Army Traffic Safety Training Program classes at
installations. IMA already is conducting Motorcycle Safety Foundation
training at installations. Development of standardized Armywide safety
training also is expected to save the Army money.
"Some commands were spending more than $1 million a year
for vehicle safety programs of all types. The programs weren't
standardized. We should be able to save the Army millions of dollars
with a standardized course." Owens said. "It's better for
Soldiers, as well, because it is common training they will carry
through their Army careers."
To enroll for the online course, visit Army Knowledge Online, https://www.us.army.mil.
Click "Training" under the self-service menu, and
then register through the Army's Learning Management System. In the
welcome window, click on "Training Catalog." This opens a
search window, where a user should enter "Army" in the
product name block. Then register for the Army Traffic Safety Program,
Accident Avoidance Course for Army Motor Vehicle Drivers. Users will
receive an e-mail confirming registration. To access the online
course, open "Registrations" under the welcome ALMS welcome
page. Click on "Transcripts," and then click on
"Contents." Open "Army POV 1-3" to complete
"The Army is committed to the public health and safety of
our Soldiers and civilian employees.
We're convinced we can prevent the senseless deaths and
injuries that can result from irresponsible behavior behind the
wheel," Owens said.