NEWS | July 19, 2018

Joint Base San Antonio offers motorcycle safety training

By John McLaughlin 502nd Air Base Wing Safety Office

Much can be said about motorcycle safety. “Look twice for motorcycles. Be aware of their presence. Take the training. All the gear, all the time. Ride to be seen.” We have heard these phrases over and over again, but do we really live by them? 

When was the last time that you went to a motorcycle safety class? Do you know how to sign up for one? How much it costs, or if you are required to take one?

If you are interested in riding a motorcycle then you can sign up for a motorcycle safety class through the JBSA website located at http://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Safety/

Members who are active duty, Guard or Reserve have priority for slots in the class. However, Department of Defense civilians, dependents, retirees and DOD contractors are allowed to fill open seats which are free of charge.

Active duty, Guard and Reserve personnel are required to attend motorcycle training at certain intervals. Initial training, before you ride on or off base, can be accomplished by completing the Basic Rider Course 1. 

Intermediate training must be accomplished for soldiers and airmen within one year of completing initial training. 

For Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines, intermediate training must be accomplished within 60 days of completing initial training. 

Refresher training for Soldiers and Airmen takes place every five years. For Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Marines ,it is every three years. Use this chart as a quick-reference guide:

 

Motorcycle training

 

Initial

Intermediate

Refresher

Army

Before riding

Within 1 year after initial training

Every 5 years

Air Force

Before riding

Within 1 year after initial training

Every 5 years

Navy

Before riding

Within 60 days after initial training

Every 3 years

Marines

Before riding

Within 60 days after initial training

Every 3 years

Coast Guard

Before riding

Within 60 days after initial training

Every 3 years

 

Whether you are an experienced rider, a novice, or just looking to learn basic techniques, the JBSA Safety Office has the right class for you.