Accountability: Military and Time

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Accountability…. What does it mean? The responsibility of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to clearly show the results. The army definition of accountability is “the obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, funds or soldiers”. Accountability should not be taken lightly, it is important for NCOs and squad leaders to have accountability over their soldiers. This could be at a formation or meeting, or through a phone call or text message. This is one of the most important things to make sure you have in order in the Army. Poor accountability can effect not on the person missing and the person looking for them, but the unit as a whole. Being accountable doesn’t stop after the formation is released. It reaches into everything you do. You can be accountable by calling your NCO, and text messages stating where you are and what you’re doing. These are just as important as any formation you could provide and should held as such. Ignoring a phone call or deleting a text from your supervisor is just as bad as skipping formation; it is also going against your Army Values. While making it to a formation is the top priority of any U.S. Army soldier, things do tend to come up. Your child may be sick or you may have an appointment or something. Your spouse may be called into work, or you might get stuck in awful traffic. Things may happen which you may have not seen coming. This is where accountability via text message and phone calls comes in. Calling your supervisor to let them know of your issues and why you won’t be making it to formation could mean the difference between positive accountability and a negative counseling for missing formation.

Accountability is one characteristic that plays a big part in time management or other words being on time. Not being in the prospected time when given is not...
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