Own a motorcycle? Got training? Ensure you’re ready for spring with motorcycle safety

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  • By Master Sgt. Joe Klimaski
  • 445th Airlift Wing Occupational Safety & Health

The sun is finally out again, barbecue season has arrived, and baseball is right around the corner. Spring is always great, especially for the motorcycle riders out there. 

Do you intend to operate a motorcycle this spring?  If so, do you intend to do it in a military status – Title 10 orders, annual tour, and/or to and from unit training assemblies? Keep in mind, there are additional Air Force training and administrative requirements in accordance with Air Force Instruction 91-207, The U.S. Air Force Traffic Safety Program. 

To start with, any member who operates a motorcycle in a military status requires a Motorcycle Unit Safety Tracking Tool, or MUSTT, account.  The account can be set up through your unit Motorcycle Safety Representative, or MSR, and is designed to track all Air Force motorcycle training requirements. 

The Air Force requires several different levels of training to legally operate a motorcycle in a military status:

  • Level I – Initial training: Basic Rider’s Course or possess a state endorsed motorcycle license in lieu of the course
  • Level II – Intermediate training: Basic Rider’s Course 2 within one year of Level I training
  • Level III – Refresher training: Basic Rider’s Course 2, Advanced Rider’s Course or attend a Motorcycle Mentorship Program (This level is required every five years) 

Additionally, new operators must receive an initial motorcycle briefing, and every spring prior to the motorcycle season, an annual/pre-season briefing must be accomplished (Briefings are provided by unit MSRs). 

The Air Force requirement for MUSTT and the additional training requirements is to reduce mishap and/or injury potential for motorcycle operators. 

Reach out to your unit MSRs or the 445th Airlift Wing Motorcycle Safety Program Managers, Senior Master Sgt. Jimmy Lide or Dave Gardner, at (937) 257-5767 with questions or for more information.