Accountability and the Importance of Taking Care of Your Equipment
"Accountability" stems from late Latin accomptare, meaning to account. Accountability in the military 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. Being accountable means being dependable-arriving to work and appointments on time, meeting deadlines, being in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing at the right time. The military strongly depends on the discipline and the ability to be accountable for your actions and your equipment. You must be able to account for all military issued gear including your weapon and sensitive items at all times. Without accountability there would be chaos. In the military we have morning formations which we call accountability formations. The commander and first sergeant use these formations to be sure that nothing happened to any of their soldiers overnight. It’s also a chance for the soldier to go to sick call without having to get ahold of thirty people to tell them he feels ill or is hurt. So without these morning accountability formations most soldiers would just do whatever they please. With that said accountability connects in with discipline because you have to have discipline to not do whatever you want to do and show up to places on time. You must also have the discipline to remember tools when you set them down. If you set a tool down somewhere and get into a hurry and leave it you will be held accountable for losing that item. If you leave your tools unattended someone could easily pick it up and then what will you do when you on an important mission and you need that tool? The...
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