It is important to keep track of sensitive items and documents for many reasons that could hinder you and/ or your comrades. I myself left my Military Identification Card behind during a weight and tape test. But many other things can be left behind and compromise your security, operations, life, or the lives of others.
To lose a sensitive item can also be a violation of the army values. It violates the values of Duty and Integrity. It violates duty because without the proper equipment you cannot perform your duties. You also let down your platoon and/ or squad by not knowing where your items are. It violates the integrity of yourself by letting your platoon down. Your platoon counts on you to make sure you know where all your items are. Sensitive items are important because if the enemy get a hold of them it makes for a very bad day. The enemy would like nothing more than to get a hold of or weapon systems and our radios. The enemy wants to know everything about how the military works and about our operations. In times of war the more sensitive an item is the more the enemy craves the item. You should never leave equipment lying around. If you see that your battle buddy has left any equipment lying around no matter what it is from patrol cap to an SKL Secure it and make sure you let them know off line the mistake they have made. It does not matter what rank they are. If you lose a sensitive item you may have to pay for it by losing money and/ or rank to continue with the mission.
Other things that could be left behind can include anything with your social security number on it, full name, date of birth, etc. That in many instances could compromise your financial readiness by giving the enemy an opportunity to steal your identification, open a loan and/ or credit card in your name, or even go on and purchase some items online.
In our job it is important to maintain mental and physical security of all sensitive items. This including our weapons, ID cards,...
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