Military and Accountability

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Running Head: THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCOUNTABILITY

The Importance of Accountability

This essay I will be writing is about the importance of accountability. To me “Accountability” is

important because in the military, soldiers are often required to perform duties, some extremely challenging, to meet expected expectations. Accoutability is everything in this line of work. Having accountability of one's self is a major factor in being a good soldier in today's Army. Being accountable means being in the right place on time, right place, and in the right uniform. Also, as well as taking responsibility of ones actions. For example: Formations, Appointments, Briefings, and Classes. Being accountable of one's equipment like a soldiers TA-50, BII, Company's or Unit's equipment you have had to be signed to.

Accountability can cause severe problems and some lasting longer then others. Also, accountability problems doesn't only effect you. It will effect your squad, leadership and your company. This will prevent your company from appointing you in leadership positions, being sent to the board, extra duty, and/or being “Volen-told” for every detail that comes down from your Chain-of-Command. Good accountability of your TA-50, BII, and Etc. will help prevent of statement of charges and/or investigation which can cost a lot of money out of your pocket as well as prevent you from PCS or ETS on time.

Times where accountability is at upmost importance when a unannounced urinalysis and a soldier was covered down but no one has heard from that soldier of why he/she is missing. A missing ID card is punishable under UCMJ. It takes several steps just to try to receive a new ID card which can follow your military career for years, especially when it has been lost during a critical time. Until it has been found or replaced, memorandums have to be typed up and signed to allow that soldier to able to enter certain areas or buildings. Also, if found by the wrong hands,...
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