FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The Transportation Motor Pool at Fort Leonard Wood is hosting a 40-hour bus-driving class from Aug. 23 through 27 in the TMP classroom at Bldg. 5267.
The class is open to all active-duty service members on Fort Leonard Wood needing to become certified to drive as a bus driver on Fort Leonard Wood in support of unit movement.
Potential attendees need to coordinate with their brigade master driver to submit a driver packet to TMP no later than 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. Unit master drivers can assist with the packet, which includes various items required by Army Regulation 600-55, including a commander’s interview, driver’s pledge, Army forms and copies of Army and state-issued driver’s licenses, according to Dustin Kiner, TMP master driver and instructor.
The course will follow AR 600-55, and covers all points of training, from preventative maintenance checks and services and driving to vehicle and passenger safety, Kiner added.
Students will also be required to pass a driving test and written exam.
"The goal is to teach and train to the best of our abilities while following Army standards set by AR 600-55 in the safest manner possible," Kiner said. “In the end, graduates will have a limited-use license that allows the trained driver to transport personnel in a bus on Fort Leonard Wood.”
The limited-use license is restricted to on post only, as it does not qualify as a Class B Commercial Driver’s License, Kiner said. The license is good for five years, or when the student’s state-issued license expires, whichever comes first.
Kiner added that units with participating students are also required to provide at least one bus instructor to assist with the class.
Students should bring paper and a pen – all other course material will be provided. Kiner said weather and vehicle-appropriate clothing, along with some sort of hydration is recommended.
The class is held once a month during the year, except during the winter, and can accommodate up to 15 students per class.
For more information, call Kiner at 573.596.5315, or Gene Zerby, Motor Transportation supervisor, at 573.596.4534.