Essay about Accountability in the Military

1513 Words Mar 30th, 2012 7 Pages

What is accountability? The Army definition is: The obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds. Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping. However, the way I see accountability is the responsibility of keeping track of the equipment or personnel assigned to you. Accountability is a big thing in the military because it ties in with responsibility and duty. That obviously makes it an important topic, no matter your rank. No
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And keeping those soldiers that are still in fighting alive and accounted for is one of the biggest responsibilities placed upon a Non Commissioned Officer

Accountability is not just to keep track of soldiers while in garrison. Accountability also needs to be taken while on the battlefield. How can you plan for an action if you do not even know where all of your troops are? What happens when you conduct a movement and realize that you just left 5 people behind? And then there is the classic problem of keeping track of soldiers while in combat. One of the United States military's biggest concerns is to never leave a man behind, dead or alive. It is perhaps this knowledge that they will never be left which keeps many troops confident in their job. How hard would you fight if you knew that your life was expendable and should you go missing, you would be written off and forgotten? Which is why accountability on the battlefield is important. Morale would drop drastically and soldiers would refuse to fight is they knew that their life meant absolutely nothing to the military. However, one shouldn't be accountable for just their gear, but their actions as well.

In the military being accountable for your assigned TA-50 is an important topic that repeats itself no matter where you are stationed. However your gear is not the only thing that soldiers need to be accountable for. We as soldiers also need to be accountable for our actions as

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