Ok, before you say, "Military Training Routes are used for... uhh... military training," let me elaborate.
I've read about how they work with ATC and speed restrictions etc. What I'm wondering is what they do on them.
Take, for instance, IR-504. It starts in the middle of nowhere about 20 miles south of the BUM vortac in western Missouri, almost 70 miles from the nearest Air Force Base. It takes numerous turns and meanders, seemingly randomly all over northeastern Kansas. It finally ends in an MOA in the middle of the state, but once again, not by a base or anything.
I can't see any rhyme or reason to the routing and can't imagine what it would be used to train for. It's not bombing practice; only a very small section is inside an MOA. It can't be terrain following exercises; its an IFR route and 3 digits means over 1500ft agl. Besides, what terrain could they be following? We're talking about central Kansas here.
What in the world do they use these routes for?