Motorcycle safety is an ever-pressing issue

| October 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

Motorcycling has become increasingly popular in the Army with over 30,000 motorcycle operators registered Armywide.

In Hawaii, it is an activity that can be enjoyed all year with year-round sunshine and beautiful scenery.



Operating a motorcycle is also inherently more risker than operating an automobile. Nearly 50 percent of the private motor vehicle fatalities last fiscal year were with Soldiers involved on motorcycles.

In order to mitigate this risk, motorcycle operators are required to conduct mandatory progressive training and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while operating a motorcycle. PPE will consist of the following:

  • A DOT approved helmet.
  • Proper eye protection.
  • Proper foot protection.
  • Proper protective clothing.
  • During low-light hours, proper reflective clothing.

Mandatory progressive training may consists of the following:

  • Motorcycle Safety Foundation- (MSF-) based Basic Rider Course (BRC).
  • Experienced Rider Course/BRC-II course, depending on type of motorcycle.
  • Motorcycle Refresher Training.
  • Sustainment training.
  • Unit-based motorcycle mentorship program.

In order to effectively monitor this program, the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) will conduct random periodic checks at all U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii access control points. Riders may be asked to pull over in order to provide the proper licensing and safety cards to the access control personnel. Please have these documents readily available in order to speed up this process.

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For more details, review U.S. Army Hawaii Policy Letter 6 and Army Regulation 385-10.

For more information on the services and personnel who support this community, visit the Directorate of Emergency Services at

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  1. Bob Paul says:

    Another out of touch wanna be cop Col that wants to target a group. I see the senior military leadership on the golf course drinking and driving golf carts, on boats, canoes, paddleboards no life jackets and regularly drinking. Why doesnt he target the military on their cell phones that are daily seen putting them down as they enter the gates and picking them up as they leave, because when i was on my motorcycle wearing all the proper gear he was on his blackberry typing, yes we saw you. My final comment, why dont you give the truth, most of the deaths were caused by other vehicles.

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