On maintaining accountability of sensitive items
In this RBI I will explain why accountability of your sensitive items is important. To lose a sensitive item can be detrimental to the readiness of your unit in times of war or training. The consequences of losing sensitive items vary from item to item according to its value and importance. In times of war losing a sensitive item such as a loaded SINCGARS radio or an ANCD you have just given your enemy the ability to intercept all secure radio transmissions between any two operators in your area and you could have charges of treason brought against you for which the maximum punishment is death. This should be the worst of your worries, if the enemy knows your location or plans then you have just put all the troops in your area, on your frequency, in danger of a surprise attack. Could you live with the knowledge that you are responsible for the death of your team, squad, platoon, unit, or your own battle buddy or best friend? I think not. There are many other punishments such as life in prison. 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. The definition of Accountability in the Military 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.
Imagine you are in a situation and you need your night vision goggles, but you cannot account for them. The enemy is approaching rapidly and the sun is setting even faster. You are the spotter for your team and your night vision is not so good. You have been placed far from your other platoon members and have to relay information to the rear. During your guard shift you hear shots ring out through the quiet night sky. You cannot determine where the shots came from. Your battle buddy is now screaming in pain. You turn to see him lying on the ground and blood is pouring from the wound in his abdomen. He dies on the line. Now you must explain to the commanding officer how you 'misplaced' your night vision goggles that are a sensitive item. Now you must write a letter to the relatives of the soldier whose life was taken because of your inadequacy to maintain accountability of your sensitive items. Now had you not lost your sensitive items your battle buddy would still be alive laughing with you about the stupid things you did as a private in the good ole days. In battle night vision goggles are important because you need to be able to see everything from the flash of the muzzle to the movement of your own battle buddies.
Some valuable items are the simplest of things that you never realize you had. Such as your identification tags or your identification card. Sometimes it may even be the password to your ako account. You never really know what can be considered a sensitive item till your system has been compromised and your mission is a failed mission. A failed mission is not what you want to be responsible for. Especially if it’s for not keeping account of your items. You should not expect your team leader to make sure your sensitive are accounted for like they are suppose to. If you leave your weapon in an insecure area make sure you leave a capable guard with it so that no one can come by and retrieve it and you lose accountability for it. Losing accountability of your ID, Debit Card, and or Credit Cards could lead to...
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