Operating Motorcycles, Mopeds, and/or Motor Scooters on Fort Detrick

Regulatory Requirements IAW DoDI 6055.04 and AR 385-10:

  • All military personnel who ride or intend to ride a motorcycle must complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) or DUSD(I&E) endorsed, State-approved curriculum for motorcycle operator’s safety training before operation of any motorcycle, motorized bicycle (moped), and/or motor scooter on Fort Detrick. Civilian personnel, retirees, dependents, or contracted laborers that are properly licensed to ride a motorcycle will not be required to receive Service-sponsored training or prove that they have taken other motorcycle training in order to operate a motorcycle on the installation.
  • Active Duty Military must complete this course before operation of a motorcycle on or off the installation, on or off duty, regardless of whether the motorcycle is registered on post.
  • Military motorcycle operators must have in their in possession an MSF card when they ride to verify completion of training.
  • The required motorcycle safety training shall be provided at no cost to military personnel. Personnel shall not be charged leave to attend the required training. This training requirement excludes those operating motorcycles with attached sidecars, three-wheel motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles.
  • Soldiers can register for all Progressive Motorcycle Program training courses through the U.S. Army Traffic Safety Training Program Registration System (CAC-enabled) at https://imc.army.mil/airs/default.aspx offered at nearby installations.
  • Once military motorcycle operators have successfully completed the MSF course they can register the vehicle for operation on Fort Detrick by providing the completion card to Vehicle Registration, 1520 Porter Street, Room 134 to obtain appropriate decal.

The following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required by both DoDI 6055.04 and AR 385-10. It is MANDATORY for all personnel (military and civilian) operating a motorcycle, moped, or motor scooter on Fort Detrick:

  • Helmets —
  • Certified to meet Department of Transportation (DOT) standard No. 218, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Standard 22–05, British Standard 6658, or Snell Standard M2005. Helmet must be properly fastened under the chin.
  • Eye Protection —
  • Eye protection must be designed to meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1 for impact and shatter resistance (includes goggles, wraparound glasses, or a full-face shield (properly attached to a helmet). A windshield or fairing does not constitute eye protection
  • Foot Protection —
  • Foot protection includes sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles (durable leather or ballistic-type cloth athletic shoes that cover the ankles may be worn).
  • Protective Clothing —
  • Protective clothing includes long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. MC jackets and pants constructed of abrasion-resistant materials (such as leather, Kevlar®, or Cordura®) and containing impact-absorbing padding are strongly encouraged. Riders are strongly encouraged to select riding gear that incorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective material!

For additional information regarding motorcycle safety, contact the Installation Safety Office at 301-619-7318.

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