Master Driver’s Trainer Program


COURSE NAME: Master Driver Trainer Program PURPOSE: To provide a program of instruction that will standardize driver training by providing Master Driver Trainers (MDT) with the knowledge and resources necessary to establish and maintain a Driver’s Training program and/or “BN Driver’s Training Academy” for the Battalion Commander. OBJECTIVE: To use the regulatory guidance, references, required documentation, sample training products and administrative documents, duties and responsibilities, provided in this program to efficiently and effectively train MDTs to create and run professional driver’s training programs in their respective battalions so that Army motor vehicle operators (drivers) will be thoroughly trained and fully qualified to safely drive military vehicles. NOTE: It is highly recommended that you work with copies of AR 600-55 as you go through this program. * Some units choose to organize their Driver’s Training into a BN Driver’s Tng Academy.


PREREQUISITES: Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers (E-7 or above) or civilian equivalents appointed as Master Driver Trainer with the responsibility for establishing and conducting a Battalion Driver’s Training program and/or “BN Driver’s Training Academy”. RECOMMENDED: It is highly recommended that the Master Driver Trainer has or receives the following skills and knowledge: • be computer literate • a working knowledge of ULLS-Ground/SAMS-E • be familiarized with Hazardous Materials and HAZMAT transportation • have attended the Total Army Training Course


Purpose: The primary purposes of this program are to: • • Provide Master Driver Trainers with the information/references they need to develop and maintain a Driver’s Training program for their units. Supplement AR 600-55, The Army Driver and Operator Standardization Program by providing guidance on how to obtain and use lesson plans, written and hands-on performance tests, and listings of supporting training materials for Army motor vehicle operators.

Provide Master Driver Trainers with the tools needed (sample SOP, sample driver interview, sample driver packet, sample lessons, etc.) to meet the challenge of producing quality Army motor vehicle operators. Leaders need to emphasize operator training because high-technology, high-performance vehicles demand greater operator skills and knowledge. Drivers must know how to operate equipment effectively in all environments and must be challenged to use safe driving practices and increase awareness for accident avoidance.


Scope: This program does not replace AR 600-55, AR 385-10 or any of the other regulatory guidance used for the selecting, training, testing, and licensing of Army motor vehicle operators. This program provides guidance on how to obtain and use Army Regulations/ pamphlets/forms, Field Manuals (FMs), Training Support Packages (TSPs), Training Circulars (TCs), videos, and Computer Based Training CDs to assist you in developing and maintaining a Driver’s Training program for your units. In addition, this program provides samples of the type of products you should be able to produce once you complete the program.

The Army has developed many references for you to use to teach drivers how to drive various Army motor vehicles. Most Army motor vehicles have a TSP or TC you can use to teach the vehicle to your operators. Unit commanders have the flexibility to make minor modifications in these references. Unit constraints on terrain and resources may limit the extent to which the references may be fully implemented. However, drivers must pass the tests in the references to be issued an OF 346 Standard Permit or Limited Permit according to AR 600-55.


 Developing a Battalion Driver’s Training Program – Driver Training Program Review
• Responsibilities – Installation Commander – Battalion Commander – Company Commander – License Examiner – First Line Supervisor – Sr. Occupant – Classroom Instructors – Hands-on Instructors – Vehicle/Equipment Operator – Master Driver Trainer (MDT) • Licensing Process (AR 600-55 and local SOP) – License Requirements – Driver Selection


• Licensing Process (continued) – Licenses – Permits – Renewals, Suspensions & Revocations – Replacement/Alterations – Documentation • Driver’s Training IAW Program of Instruction (POI) – Phase I. Required Classroom Training (IAW POI) – Phase II. Required Hands-On Operation & Driver Training (IAW POI) – Phase III. Sustainment Training – Phase IV. Remedial Training – Special Skills Training – Driver Training Course Materials – References


– Preparation for Conducting Driver Training • Planning/Organizing/Developing a Driver Training Program – Planning Driver Training Program – Organizing Driver Training Program – Developing Driver Training Program • Instructor Requirements – Instructor Selection – Instructor Training • Instructor Guidance – Instructional Tips – Classroom Techniques – Instructional Guidance for USID/UIDs • Driver Selection – Screening Prospective Drivers – Interviewing Prospective Drivers – Driver Selection


– Toolbox • Sample Battalion Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) • Sample Driver’s Packet – Commander’s Interview – Driver’s Pledge – DUI Prevention Briefing – Driver’s Packet • Driver Training Topic Materials • References

 Sample Driver Training Program
– Phase I - BN Driver Training Program Classroom Lessons • Operator and Government Liability • Army Publications and Forms • 5988-E • Dispatching Procedures • Army Oil Analysis Program (AOAP) • Environmental Awareness

– Sample Phase I - BN Driver Training Program Classroom Lessons (continued) • Accident Avoidance • Accident Reporting • Risk Management • Fall and Winter Driving – Sample Phase II Hands-On (Unit Training) Classroom Lessons • Off-Road Operations • Recovery Operations • PMCS Procedures • Military Convoy Operations • HMMWV Vehicle Familiarization • Ground Guiding • Additional Slide Shows
– – – – – 2 1/2 Ton Vehicle Familiarization Air Brakes PMCS Vehicle Inspection Night Vision Goggles


– Sample Phase III Sustainment Training Lessons • Dangerous Roads • Trailer Operations • Hazardous Materials • Blocking and Bracing • Hazardous Spills • Annual Check Ride (IAW AR 600-55) (no sample lesson) – Phase IV (Remedial Training) • About Remedial Training (no sample lessons)


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