International Military Education and Training Account Summary

The IMET program is a key component of U.S. security assistance, promoting regional stability and defense capabilities through professional military training and education. Through professional and technical courses, and specialized instruction, IMET provides students from allied and friendly nations valuable training and education on U.S. military practices and standards, including exposure to democratic values and respect for internationally recognized standards of human rights. IMET serves as an effective means to strengthen military alliances and international coalitions critical to U.S. national security goals. The program facilitates the development of important professional and personal relationships with the defense leaders who often play a pivotal role in a country’s transition to a democratic government. It also helps develop a common understanding of shared international challenges, and fosters the relationships necessary to counter those challenges collaboratively.