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Working in American Communities
Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) is a Department of Defense (DoD) military training opportunity, exclusive to the United States and its territories, that delivers joint training opportunities to increase deployment readiness. Simultaneously, IRT provides key services (health care, construction, transportation, and cybersecurity) with lasting benefits for our American communities.

FY 2018 Annual Program Summary
Community Members
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Regional & State Leaders
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Medical missions provide training opportunities to military units while providing incidental benefit to communities via no-cost healthcare. Services include optometry, health exams, dental, veterinary care, and public health education. Care is delivered by credentialed healthcare providers and no one is turned away. These missions are typically conducted as fairs and may last for several days or weeks at a time to ensure maximum benefit during time spent in the community served.
Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering missions provide training opportunities to military units while providing incidental benefit to communities via infrastructure construction and improvements. Such benefit comes in the form both vertical and horizontal construction. Vertical construction consist of mainly buildings; while horizontal construction includes utilities, roadways, and other paving activities such as runway improvements. Civil Engineering mission also typically involve elements of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work.
Information security is one of the most important issues facing the military. It is essential that U.S. military forces keep data secure. IRT is currently developing a cyber-security training platform. IRT is seeking partnerships with eligible organizations to perform vulnerability assessments.
IRT missions provide an opportunity for critical training in a variety of transportation skills. Many operations depend upon ground vehicles in order to complete many aspects of their mission. It is the responsibility of Ground Transportation specialists to transport people, supplies, munitions and outsized expeditionary forces. These professionals must utilize a variety of essential skills, such as map and compass reading, vehicle specifications determination and limitations assessment in order to coordinate and master all aspects of ground transportation necessary for us to get equipment and people where they need to go.
Aerial Spray
IRT missions provides valuable training opportunities for air personnel. The terrain, obstructions, airspace restrictions, and congested areas often provide excellent training scenarios to hone aircrew skills for operating in the low-level aerial spray environment. Specialized spray mission personnel obtain experience operating the loading equipment, handling pesticides using appropriate protective personnel equipment, and cleaning/downloading the spray MASS after applications. When executed, the aerial spray operations provides vital training for maintaining a well-equipped military force ready to execute our wartime mission. 
FY 2020 IRT Project Locations
FY 2020 Project Locations
IRT Overview Video
Watch how the process of civil-military partnerships take shape.
IRT Podcast One
"How to Craft an Effective
Community Application"
IRT Podcast Two
"How to Prepare for Your Initial Planning
Meeting (IPM)"
Medical Training with East Central Georgia (ECG) Community
This mission brought together Service Members from 30 states, who completed 15,000+ hours of training, and delivered medical services valued at $1,355,383 to the community.
Annual Workshop for Operational Mission Planners Provides Crucial Joint Training
Preparation for this year’s missions kicked off during the annual IRT Joint Workshop for Operational Mission Planners, held in Tysons, VA,
Year in Review—FY 2019
In FY 2019, IRT missions delivered thousands of pairs of glasses to communities across the United States.
Camp Kamassa
Airmen of the Ohio Air National Guard, 200th RED HORSE Squadron, in morning formation as they are deployed for an Innovation Readiness Training project at Camp Kamassa, Crystal Springs, MS., helping to build a specialized camp for children with special needs.
Girl Scout Camp Paumalu
Camp Paumalu Civil Engineering IRT mission kicked off in true Hawaiian fashion with a blessing and ground breaking ceremony, complete with kahu and hula dancers. Camp Paumalu is an Air National Guard led joint mission with the Air Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve and community partner Girl Scouts of Hawaii.
Ola de Esperanza Sanadora
Ola de Esperanza Sanadora, which translates to Healing Wave of Hope, concluded successfully on May 8, 2019. The mission of this IRT mission is to provide dental, optometry and medical care to the community while performing joint military humanitarian operations.
Mary Kitchens

Founder and Executive Director
Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation

“We were so excited to learn about the IRT program because not only did it bring the military in, but it gave us that push to believe that we really could build this facility (Camp Kamassa) in the poorest state of the United States.”

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Brigadier General Scott A. Sauter


“IRT stands today as an essential training and readiness resource for the Reserve Components (RCs). Given the National Defense Strategy’s emphasis on Dynamic Force Employment and its inference to large-scale intra-theater agility against the backdrop of DoD’s readiness recovery and ongoing fiscal constraints, reliance on the RC for operational capability continues. However, our “less-than-fulltime” RC (which must train to the same standard as the Active Components), requires realistic training for durations compatible with their two-week annual tours and/or de-conflicted with demands of their civilian employers. In that regard, IRT continues to deliver; and, when our Services work closely with our community partners to properly scope these projects or “training events,” everybody wins!”
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