Dictionary.com gives the following definition of reporting: an account or statement describing in detail an event, situation, or the like, usually as the result of observation, inquiry, etc..In the United States Army Reporting is one of the most important actions a soldier can display. Reporting is used to keep track of a soldiers location and or activities. Without some form of reporting, it would be impossible to monitor the actions or location of any given soldier. In a garrison environment, there are many reasons and situations, in which someone in a soldiers team would need to know where or what a soldier is doing. For instance, with our unit we dispatch trucks every Thursday for the following week. The order to dispatch a truck is given from the platoon sergeant and passed down through the ranks to the individual who is to dispatch the truck. if the soldier who is suppose to dispatch the truck fails to report to his command on the progress of the order given, then the command has no idea as to whether or not the truck was dispatched, if there is an issue dispatching the truck or if something is wrong with the dispatch. Reporting is also used in when inventorying equipment such as; weapons, nods, sights and optics, magazines, ammunition and other sensitive items of high value. During an arms room inventory, a lieutenant comes in with a check list of all items that should be in the arms room. He goes through the rifles, pistols and machine guns carefully reading each and every serial number making sure not to miss even one number. If a weapon has an attachment such as an optic, the optics serial number is also read . he or she then proceeds to mark the serial numbers called off keeping a record of every item. In the event the item is not on his or her list, he or she will write it into keep track of that item. After he or she is satisfied that all items are accounted for, he or she will take his or her list to the commanding officer for final review. This form of reporting is crucial to the function ability of the units training, if the lieutenant fails to properly report any discrepancies it could cost the unit sever time and money and possibly call for actions under the uniform code of military justice. Another example of reporting is letting a soldiers noncommissioned officer know where he or she is during the duty day. When down range or deployed, reporting turns from simple everyday scenarios to possible life and death situations. For example, if a soldier has a guard tower duty, he or she is expected to be at the right place at the right time with minutes to spare. The soldiers job when on this duty is to ensure the security of the forward observation base throughout his entire shift, making sure to keep a sharp eye for any kind of unusual activity or potentially hazardous situations. If a soldier does not report for his duty it could lead to a deadly raid or some kind of hostile assault on the the base. Reporting is the most important form of communication in the united states army, without it, the army would not be able function in a timely and professional manner. This lack of communication or failure to report walks just about hand in hand with personnel accountability.
The U.S. army values soldiers that are accountable for their actions. 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. Morning formation is the most important formation of the day. It is made to get accountability of everyone and put out any information that there needs to be dealt with. Without having accountability there is not knowing of where everybody is or what's going on. As a result of me not informing my command of my intentions and location I feel as if I have failed them as a person and a soldier. At first I thought it was silly or stupid because I am a grown man but knowing...
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