Weapons Accountability Essay

1004 Words May 16th, 2012 5 Pages
Weapons Accountability in the Military The history of weapons started centuries ago when cave people initially developed a weapon called a bow and arrow, for hunting purposes. They created this weapon from yew or elm for the bow and the arrow’s shaft, and used animal ligaments, or sinew to add tension to the bow. Archeologists have also found arrow heads made of sharp rocks and angled bones from different types of animals. These artifacts are all over the world displayed beautifully in museums to make new civilization realize the important role weapons have played in daily life.
The next major improvement in weapons technology came from the Chinese civilization, the inventers of gun powder. Initially used for the purpose of demolition
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There is no sense denying it. It happens here and can happen to you or me at home.
“There are common-sense steps to take, though, and they must be scrupulously observed. * Team leaders MUST stress accountability. Every team member must be able to answer where every important thing is at any given time of day. This doesn’t happen overnight, it must be trained. Whenever a team goes out for training, the team leader must ensure that everyone can account for their weapons and other important pieces of gear at all times. The team leader has a number of tools at his disposal to ensure this is done. He can perform inspections. He can ensure that "sensitive" items are placed in a standard location when not in use or carried. He can have weapon racks inside tents or buildings. Even stacking arms in a bivouac site has merit; there’s a very good reason soldiers are still taught to stack their assault weapon, just like their great-great grandfathers stacked their muskets. * Team members must get in the habit of always being conscious of where their weapons are. While at work, my weapon is stored in a corner in the same place every time. When I’m in my living quarters, it’s next to the same corner of my room every time. I never have to think about where it is, because I’ve learned to leave it in the same place every time. * Buddies have to look out for each other. Buddy teams are great. When they work, they save the team leader tons of headache, because buddies

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