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    Ft. Hood new rules

    Read an article today on Biker news. net that Ft. Hood, TX is now requiring their soliders to wear the bright reflective vest/gear on and off post during day and night hours. This is due to accidents and warriors not wearing the proper brightly colored garments during the day hours. I understand safety but riding a motorcycle is a part of being free and the military is really imposing on those freedoms. Before everyone starts yelling about belonging to the military and its rules, got it, tracking, my point being is where is the data the supports that wearing a fucking bright reflective vest improves safety or has reduced accidents. I believe more in education and battle buddies.
    " There is no excuse to go about your business in a half-hearted way. We are only alive for a finite number of days, and we're poorer for every hour that we spend in soft-hearted pursuits."

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    " There is no excuse to go about your business in a half-hearted way. We are only alive for a finite number of days, and we're poorer for every hour that we spend in soft-hearted pursuits."

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    I agree. My spouse was wearing a bright long sleeve (lime green) shirt AND a reflective vest that had FLASHING LIGHTS on it. The guy still.... wait for it.... ..... "didn't see her". I understand the command's intent. I just don't believe the preventive measures are effective. In most cases, the problem isn't the biker, it's the cager.

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    Yeah blackcloud, commanders that do not ride are the same ones that make these rules. a smart commander would include his senior riders in finding out what works best. I still want to see the stats that support why the military even wears reflective gear. i had a junior soldier tell me he thinks they try to make it harder and take the fun and freedom out of riding in hopes everyone just stops riding. i don't really believe this but i understand it, i also let him know a real biker won't let anything or anyone keep them from riding. it's all about the ride
    " There is no excuse to go about your business in a half-hearted way. We are only alive for a finite number of days, and we're poorer for every hour that we spend in soft-hearted pursuits."

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    We no longer have soldiers where I work, but just a few months ago when we still had troops here, the trainees had to wear reflective belts (PT belts) while on foot in uniform. Not just PT uniform, but in their digitals. I understand the notion of protect the force, but @#^*! They are supposed to be ready to face the enemy on the field of battle, but they can't face oncoming traffic without a yellow belt?
    Just venting my frustration. Rant over.

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    well said
    " There is no excuse to go about your business in a half-hearted way. We are only alive for a finite number of days, and we're poorer for every hour that we spend in soft-hearted pursuits."

    Dino

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