Accountability in Army Essay

892 Words Feb 4th, 2012 4 Pages
A Soldier’s Accountability
A soldier of the United States Army has many values that are set forth in the “Soldier’s Creed.” The Soldier’s Creed states: I am an American Soldier. I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. I am an expert and I am a professional. I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of
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Failure to be accountable continuously could lead to dangerous situations, injuries, deaths or failure of a mission altogether. Back to the Soldier’s Creed, What does all this mean to the value stated, “I always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself.” The Soldier’s Creed lays out a soldier’s main responsibilities and things they will be held accountable for. Many soldier’s struggle with the value stated above because, frankly, soldier’s get comfortable. A soldier may know that they must always carry their weapon at all times, as AR 190-11 states, but when an enemy is not “in their face”, for lack of a better word, they forget such simple measures are to protect and prevent possible failures. If a soldier is not accountable for one measure of the Soldier’s Creed, than it will lead to failure of the entire Soldier’s Creed. How does accountability affect an individual soldier? Each soldier is given individual tasks and responsibilities. Every task completed and each thing a soldier maintains accountability on, leads to success for the individual soldier and for the United States Army as a whole. Accountability of an individual soldier to maintain the values stated in the Soldier’s Creed in turn, leads to accountability of a platoon, unit, company, and so forth. A soldier known to be accountable can

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