MCAS Beaufort --
There is a growing trend with Marines owning motorcycles but
not complying with the rules put into place by the Marine Corps. All
motorcyclists are required to join and report in with the Marine Corps
Motorcycle Club, register their motorcycles with the Provost Marshals Office
and have all the required training completed and entered into the Marine Corps
Total Force System.
“Being a member of the MCMC is mandatory for all riders from
the top down,” said Gunnery Sgt. Jeff Kaus, the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron
combat camera chief. “Whether you have a license endorsement but don’t ride, or
you ride to work every day, you are required to report into the group, as well
as, ensure the appropriate entry is
made into the MCTFS. This is the rider’s responsibility. If a Marine is not
recorded as a rider with the club and gets into an accident, the ramifications
legally, financially and professionally will be extremely adverse.”
Prior to purchasing a motorcycle all Marines are required to
consult with their leadership in advanced to ensure the Marine is aware of the
dangers and responsibilities of motorcycle riding. The responsibilities include
registration with PMO, training, proper wear of mandatory personal protective
equipment and membership with the MCMC. Failure to report ownership or purchase
of the motorcycle, or failure to report the motorcycle with PMO is punishable
under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
When ownership of the motorcycle is reported, commanders
should verify with PMO that the
Marine holds a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement, that the
motorcycle was registered and, they have completed or are scheduled to attend
the Basic Riders Course and signed up with the MCMC. It is encouraged that
Marines complete BRC prior to their purchase.
The MCMC offers members the opportunity to attend
professional courses provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a non-profit
organization who teaches the fundamentals of motorcycle safety and riding on
all levels, including specific riding styles such as sport and dirt bike
riding. These free courses would cost members an estimated $400 out in
“The Marine Corps is striving to lower the motorcycle
fatality rate by ensuring all Marines have the appropriate motorcycle
training,” said Kaus. “The major
contributors to motorcycle fatalities are speed, behavior and inexperience.
With use of the mentor system these contributors can be alleviated.”
Since the implementation of the various motorcycle rider courses,
the number of fatalities have dropped from 25 in 2008 to six in 2011, said
Jordan Pickett, the safety specialist for Marine Corps Instillations East. The
goal is to see consistent improvement in the fatality rate of Marine
motorcyclists. That is why membership in the MCMC and consistent counseling and
training is important.
For more information call 228-7447.