Motorcyclists in the United States
military face an interesting mix of advantages and disadvantages based on
our choice to motorcycle and voluntarily serve our country.
We are required to obtain training
(provided at no cost or leave charged) on motorcycling safety.
This is an advantage no other employer I’m aware of provides.
On the other hand, our pursuit of the
freedom motorcycling gives us—and we fight to defend—can sometimes
conflict with military regulations.
References are current as of 18 Jul 09.]
(All linked regs are in PDF format)
Department of Defense
(All branches of the military fall under DoD guidance)
DoD Traffic Safety Program
(DoDI 6055.04, 20 Apr
USAF Traffic Safety Program
(AFI 91-207, 22 May 07)
old version if you'd like to see it...(AFI
91-207, 1 Oct 95)
The Army Safety Program
(AR 385-10, 23 Aug
Rapid Action Revision 7 Nov 08)
Navy Traffic Safety Program
5100.12H, 7 Mar 08;
Change Transmittal 1, 25 Jun 08)
old version if you'd like to see it...(OPNAVINST 5100.12G, 7 Feb 01)
Marine Corps Traffic Safety Program
(MCO 5100.19E, 29 Dec 00)
Military references are available (to the public)
Dept of Defense -
Air Force -
Each of the Services has a safety web site:
Air Force -
Reflective Safety (Dork)
The topic of the 'dork vest' often
comes up with other RiderCoaches and motorcycle enthusiasts. As
such, I've decided to consolidate my thoughts on the vest in one page
Davis-Monthan AFB (Tucson) Arizona went through period of
confusion on safety vests. Read more here.
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July 19, 2009