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The Importance of Gear Accountability and Retention

ac·count·a·bil·i·ty  [uh-koun-tuh-bil-i-tee]  Show IPA noun
1.The state of being accountable, liable, or answerable. 2Education . a policy of holding schools and teachersaccountable for students' academic progress by linking suchprogress with funding for salaries, maintenance, etc. re·ten·tion  [ri-ten-shuh n]  Show IPA

1.the act of retaining.
2.the state of being retained.
3.the power to retain; capacity for retaining.
4.the act or power of remembering things; memory.

There are many reasons to be checking your gear constantly to keep Marine Corps issued gear accountability. It is the United States Marine Infantryman’s responsibility to always have proper Marine Corps issued gear accountability at all times. Whenever you have a pause through your patrols, raids, or movements you always want to take a quick check to make sure that you have your Marine Corps issued gear as well as everything else that you or your team of Marines came with. It is your job to take responsibility and check yourself as well as your other Marines. Proper Marine Corps issued gear accountability can range from the most important pieces of Marine Corps issued gear such as your rifle all the way down to your small equipment like cleaning gear. You always want to have serialized Marine Corps issued gear such as your night vision goggles, rifle, PEC 16’s, and RCO’s, dummy corded together or to your body. If your Marine Corps issued gear is dummy corded to you, will have a lower chance of losing any of your gear or anything else you are carrying with you. This will allow a Marine to be at ease even while moving or running with serialized gear, knowing that if it comes loose from the pouch or pocket you are carrying them in they will not come completely off your body. The reason you must take the accountability of your gear, serialized or not serialized, is simple, just put it into a scenario. Say that a Marine loses...