1000 Words on Accountability Essay

1032 Words Dec 24th, 2012 5 Pages
Accountability is defined by department of defense as the obligation imposed by a law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping an accurate record of government property, documents or funds. The numerical end product of personnel accountability process reflects the combat power of a unit.

So what is Personnel accountability exactly? Personnel accountability is a by name tracking system that manages the duty status and location of every single soldier assigned or attached to a unit. This tracking system also tracks the soldiers as they arrive to the unit, and depart from the unit for duty. Personnel accountability must be maintained at all times, for an inaccurate count will lead to disastrous outcomes.
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A leader may also take accountability by having his or her soldiers sign in on a roster having each individual sign his or her name on a sheet of paper to allow the squad leader to know that his soldiers are present and accounted for. However, that is where we run into the problem of soldiers writing other soldiers names down who claim the missing soldiers to be at the place of duty when they had not yet arrived or are late for duty. Therefore, giving the leader a false count of personnel.

By receiving a false account of personnel there is the possibility that the specified unit could be tasked to perform a duty the unit doesn't have enough personnel for because they did not receive an accurate account for their soldiers accountability. Of course when that happens, the blame will always roll down hill. Starting from the top, leadership will be asked a series of questions in which they have no answers for because they did not take an accurate account of their soldiers. So with that being said, it is important to keep accountability of a unit and individuals to avoid the trouble of having leadership tracking the individuals down and avoiding the complicated questions and avoid trouble and punishments that will occur due to lack of responsibility of one's accountability.

Accountability of soldiers and equipment is given to the commander in order for the commander to access his or her unit's combat readiness. If the commanders count

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