What is Accountability? What does the word imply? How Can I apply it to my daily life? (As a soldier in the U.S. Army) How can I apply it as a life skill or value to myself and others around me? To define Accountability, we must look at the very definition the word implies and its meaning. Historically the word “Accountability” stems from the Latin words accomptare (to account), a shortened form of the word computare (to calculate), which originated from the word putare (to reckon), as a combination of these three words, which founded the word in the English Language that we associate today that embodies these three meanings as one. As each of these qualities that this word represent, can often be applied to nearly every decision we make in our daily lives in the process of our job, or on our personal time. Accountability is a life skill, and it has many uses, as some examples would be with our finances, (keep a good record of how you spend your earnings) which would be financial responsibility, ethical accountability (very important in a workplace environment, basically by watching what you speak about others, and how you perform your job on a daily basis), and a last example physical accountability (keeping records of what has been tasked [or issued] for you as a person to keep in good-working order, and checking to make sure those item[s] in question are ready for use at any time). This word and examples, go right in step with daily life in the U.S. Army, and coincide with the Seven Army Values. To further solidify this statement, some of these examples used will be applied in accordance with a familiar situation an individual may face as an employee in the U.S. Army. The situation is an individual is tasked with the duty of being present at a predetermined time (subject to change at a moment’s notice), and in the right uniform and equipment to continue the elements of training and skill progression. To be on time the...
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