28 Apr '14, 12pm

CSM: 'Disturbing' number of motorcycle incidents among NCOs

CSM: 'Disturbing' number of motorcycle incidents among NCOs

Multiple motorcycle-safety trends are heading in the wrong direction, and Army officials are stepping up efforts to reverse them by stressing mentorship programs and early leadership involvement — and getting soldiers to know their limits. Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford Cain, CSM at the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, put out a letter April 22 noting a rise in fatal motorcycle wrecks over last fiscal year — 12 so far in fiscal 2014, up from nine at the same point in 2013. Ten of those involved noncommissioned officers, a “disturbing statistic,” according to the letter. “This trend is unacceptable,” Cain wrote. “What kind of message is this sending to the young Soldiers in our formations?” Shortly after the letter appeared online, a private first class became the 13th fatality. He went with a fellow soldier to purchase new bikes, an Army spokesman said, and they took a ride...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140428/NEWS/304280017

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