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According to www.militarydefinitions.com; accountability is the obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds. Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping.
Why Accountability is Important? Accountability is one of the most important jobs of soldier, NCO’s and officers alike. Accountability is very important in the Army. The enlisted soldier is responsible for all items issued to him whether it be a weapon, NVG’s, clothes, a vehicle, or some TA-50, a field manual, medication(like narcotics and any medications prescribed to you), BII, etc. The NCO’s responsibility is to make sure that the soldier is accountable for these items and has eyes on these items when needed, so that he can report it to his higher command if anything is lost or stolen. Accountability is taking responsibility for your actions and your items. By keeping track of all my items and equipment I can always be ready for anything that is needed of me by my country, my superiors, or other servicemen.
Being accountable, means being dependable. So my country, my superiors and fellow servicemen can count on me in any situation. So they know I will be there to do what is necessary. Taking responsibility for your own actions and equipment is what keeps things running smoothly, and keeps things from turning into utter chaos.
Without accountability there is no knowing where everyone is or what is going on. To be accountable you should arrive at all formations on time every day. This is a prime example of accountability. Formation is where the Army takes accountability of everyone and to get important information out that needs to be dealt with. You should also make sure you arrive at work, appointments,

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