USAG Bavaria hosts a Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course on Tower Barracks. Participants practice low speed clutch control exercises, while instructor Gerhard Brosch provides feedback and review. (Photo by Sidney Sullivan / USAG Bavaria Public Affairs)

By USAG Bavaria Safety Office


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Motorcycle season is here, and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Safety Office wants you to be prepared for this year’s riding season.


“USAG Bavaria provides two motorcycle training options. These are mandatory for active-duty in order to operate a motorcycle in Europe,” says Deborah Gonzales, USAG Bavaria Safety Director. “Our first session of the year will be March 29 at Grafenwoehr and April 1 at Hohenfels. We have students signed up for the first classes, but there are still slots available.” 


On a monthly basis, USAG Bavaria currently provides a Basic Rider Course and an Advanced Rider Course at Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels. The ARC is a change from BRC2 and Military Sport Bike Rider Courses, which were offered last year. Now, ARC will be the advanced training course for all types of bikes. If you have already completed one of the other advanced trainings, you do not need to take an additional class — unless the course was taken over 5 years ago. Even if your trainings are up-to-date, you are always welcome to attend a refresher.


“We welcome standbys if a particular date is full — just call our office to get on that list,” adds Gonzales. “For BRC the contractor does have loaner bikes, but you can also use your own if it is properly registered.”


Per USAREUR guidelines Soldiers, dependents and U.S. civilians must have a motorcycle endorsement on their stateside license prior to arrival in Germany. As an active-duty motorcycle rider, there are certain requirements that are needed prior to obtaining a motorcycle endorsement on your USAREUR license. Service members will need to attend the USAREUR motorcycle orientation course at their local Driver’s Testing Station (TB DT 09641838240). In addition to the endorsement, Soldiers must be current in one of the trainings listed below.


U.S. Army training requirements for Soldiers:

  1. Initial Training: Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course or state-approved curriculum for motorcycle operator’s safety training. This is a one-time requirement for all active-duty military riders. It can be taken again as refresher.
  2. Intermediate Training: Soldiers will complete either the BRC2 — formerly Experienced Riders Course — Military Sport Bike Riders Course, Advance Riders Course, or DoD-Component defined curriculum within one year after completing initial (BRC) training. ARC is the only advanced option in USAG Bavaria. This training is valid for 5 years.
  3. Sustainment-Refresher Training: Complete at least every 5 years – BRC2, MSRC or ARC, or when changing motorcycles.


For 2022 motorcycle training dates and to register for the MSF course, visit the AIRS site (CAC login). Alternatively, for more information please contact the USAG Bavaria’s Safety Office at DSN 526-2306/2303 or CIV +49(0)9641-70-526-2306/2303.


View more photos from previous MSF BRC sessions, here: