Per MCO 5100.29C Marine Corps Safety Management System
Initial (Level l) Training. Initial training teaches the basic principles and skills of riding. All military personnel who plan to purchase or operate a motorcycle, regardless of intent to ride on a DoD installation, are required to successfully complete an initial motorcycle rider safety course.
A. Commanders will ensure riders requesting motorcycle safety training are scheduled for the earliest available class.
B. Military personnel are not required to attend Level 1 training if the member possesses a valid state or host nation motorcycle endorsement. The Level 2 training requirement begins when the member is initially identified as a licensed rider.
C. New, unlicensed riders must be properly licensed prior to riding a motorcycle, on or off base. This requirement should be satisfied by taking a Level 1 course and then obtaining a license with motorcycle endorsement, but the requirement can be satisfied by successfully passing the drivers skills test required to obtain a license with motorcycle endorsement.
D. Commanders may authorize operators who possess a valid motorcycle learner’s permit to ride on and off base subject to the restrictions of the learner’s permit.
E. New, unlicensed riders are encouraged to take an initial safety course, and must obtain a valid license with motorcycle endorsement before proceeding to higher level training.
F. Commanders will accept an instructor signed completion card from any military or state motorcycle training course.
G. Level 1 training provided at Marine Corps/DoD installations will be at no cost to the member.
Motorcycle Follow-on (Level II) Training. Intermediate or mid-level rider training provides sustainment training for licensed riders.
A. All military motorcycle riders will complete Level 2 motorcycle training within 180 days of completing Level 1 training or being identified as a licensed rider.
B. Level 2 training provided at Marine Corps/DoD installations will be at no cost to the member.
Motorcycle Follow-on (Level III) Training. Advanced rider training provides skills practice at realistic speeds with street cornering scenarios in a controlled environment.
A. Level 3 training is highly recommended for all military motorcycle riders who have completed Level 2 training.
B. Level 3 training provided at Marine Corps/DoD installations will be at no cost to the member.
Refresher Training. All military riders will take refresher training at least every five years from their last date of training. Military riders are strongly encouraged to take refresher training annually. Refresher training provided by the Marine Corps is at no cost to the participant.
A. Refresher training can be any Level 2 or 3 training that includes classroom and on-motorcycle skills-based instruction offered at Marine Corps/DoD installations. Online training does not meet this requirement.
B. Military riders may obtain Level 2 or 3 training from civilian providers at the member’s own expense. Riders completing civilian Level 3 training must present a course completion card or certificate to S-3/Training for entry into MCTIMS/MCTFS.
C. Military motorcycle safety training coaches and instructors will be exempt from refresher training as long as they maintain their certification.