Progressive Motorcycle Program

Wednesday November 30, 2011

What is it?

Implementation of the Progressive Motorcycle Program (PMP) at Army installations worldwide was mandated by rapid action revision (RAR) to Army Regulation 385-10, The Army Safety Program (Oct. 4, 2011).

Under the PMP, all Soldiers who own or operate a motorcycle must complete four separate training events at specific time intervals: the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse, Basic RiderCourse 2 (formerly Experienced RiderCourse) or Military SportBike RiderCourse (dependent upon type of motorcycle owned), motorcycle refresher training, and sustainment training. Previous provisions regarding basic personal protective equipment requirements and use of motorcycles by civilians on Army installations were also modified to reflect changes contained in Department of Defense Instruction 6055.04.

What has Army Safety done?

Current Army accident data show a significant number of fatal motorcycle accidents are due to rider indiscipline, not lack of skills. Speeding, loss of control and alcohol are among the top three factors cited in indiscipline-related accident reports. The PMP addresses rider behavior, teaches basic skills, and builds and improves rider attitude and control throughout a Soldier's riding life. The program is designed to continually re-engage riders while promoting safe behaviors, refreshing skills and establishing lifelong learning among the Army's riding population.

What does Army Safety have planned for the future?

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center will work with course instructors and the Army motorcycle community to provide Soldiers an appropriate mix of web-based and hands-on training that emphasizes safe riding, improves rider skills and addresses rider behavior at the initial training level.

Why is this important to the Army?

Total force sustainment is critical to our nation's defense, and every Soldier has a duty to remain mission ready. Senseless losses due to indiscipline impact unit readiness and the Army's ability to protect our nation and our freedoms. The PMP and other training programs provide lifelong learning opportunities that reinforce safe behaviors and enforce standards, keeping Soldiers safe and ready for the fight.

Resources:

U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center home page

Document: AR 385-10, The Army Safety Program (pdf)

Related article: 1AE Safety takes rapid-action revision seriously

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