Requiring the BRC before anyone can register a bike on Camp Pendleton is definitely one of the things that the base safety personnel does right. Having my bike sit for 2 weeks in the garage while I was waiting for my class date pretty much sucked but after the completion of the class I was glad I ended up having to wait. For the people who have bikes registered on Pendleton, the BRC covers you for one year then you are required to take the ERC. In fact, after you complete the BRC, the sticker that you have to put on your bike to get onto base is only good for a year so it pretty much makes you have to take the ERC within that time frame. The ERC sticker is good for 2 years then you have to take the ERC again. It's one day away from work and on the bike so not too many people complain except those who think they know all there is to know about riding. I took my BRC in March 2005 and did the ERC in November of 05. I am deployed for a year overseas in a wonderful little corner of the world and not riding so I'm planning on getting into the ERC course again just to refresh everything when I return. That'll cover me for 2 more years. Since it is a requirement to have the BRC & ERC to register a bike on base, the classes are free to AD military and family. The instructors are a mix of active duty military and civillians. It is the DMV approved course so we aren't getting off easy. The instructors will turn away a student whose bike doesn't pass a safety inspection, and they will also tell someone if they shouldn't be in the ERC and will schedule that person for the next BRC if they are that uncomfortable on the bike. OK, long post here....The BRC and ERC are definitely worth every minute!! Don't hesitate to take the course. You owe it to yourself, your family and your fellow riders.
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