The Importance of Accountability of Personnel

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The Importance of Accountability of Personnel
When most people hear the word "accountability," they immediately become uncomfortable. The thought of making themselves totally open, honest, and vulnerable with another person doesn't sound appealing to most of us. Regardless of how we few however, supervisors need to know where their soldiers are at all times. Accountability is a very important part of being in the military, even more so than any other profession. Night and day soldiers must be accounted for, because in the military things can happen at any time. If it’s not known where they are or what they are doing, how can anyone know if they are well, or even alive? A sad fact of life is soldiers commit suicide all the time. Whether it is because of personal struggle or family tragedy, it happens. Also, not every soldier is trustworthy. If that is the case, that soldier should be carefully watched to make sure that he or she doesn’t do anything that could put themselves, or others, in harm’s way. It is suspected that on March 11th, 2012, A Staff Sergeant Bales left a U.S. base in the Panjwai district of the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, entered homes in nearby villages, and gunned down nine children, four men, and three women before dawn. The next morning he turned himself in to his command for the crimes committed. These suspected actions of SSG Bales have caused many soldiers in the Kandahar province trouble. The Afghani civilians now despise our Army and everything to do with it, and now they are refusing to help our soldiers at all. Some of the soldiers still remaining in that Afghani province (since SSG Bales is now in Fort Leavenworth prison), now more than ever, are receiving extreme amounts of indirect fire, and even small arms fire. This has brought their moral to an all-time low and makes them more and more frustrated every day.

Now, I believe that all of this could have been prevented if his supervisors had just kept proper accountability...
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