Innovative Readiness Training

Building civil-military partnerships for security, prosperity, and democratic strength

Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) builds mutually beneficial civil-military partnerships between US communities and the Department of Defense (DoD) to:

  • Provide high quality, mission-essential training for Active, Guard, and Reserve support personnel and units
  • Deliver military readiness and partnership capacity to serve when the nation calls, at home or abroad
  • Contribute to American prosperity by meeting public and civil-society needs
  • Strengthen the bond between American citizens and the US military
  • Kindle a spirit of service and volunteerism among all partners and the communities they serve

Learn more about how IRT creates national value and enjoy this video of IRT in action.

Innovative Readiness Training Awarded A "Bright Ideas" Award By Harvard University

Bright Ideas is an initiative that recognizes creative and promising government programs and partnerships. The initiative is offered through the Innovations in Government Program, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

Brigh Ideas Innovative Readiness Training is a US military volunteer training opportunity that provides training and readiness for military personnel while addressing public and civil-society needs. Community needs such as infrastructure, health care, diving, transportation, and cybersecurity align with military mission essential training requirements. Military professionals train in these specialties along with a host of other partnership, leadership, planning, logistics, and support skills. These partnerships create whole-of-government and whole-of-society efficiencies while strengthening our democracy. For more information, please visit