I have been tasked with writing a 1000 word essay on the importance of accountability of an important document, my profile, which should always be carried at all times on my person to be shown upon request in which I failed to present to my NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) and as a result was tasked to write an essay due to my failure. Why is accountability important in the Army? The word accountability according to Businessdictionary.com gives the following definition as the obligation of an individual or organization to account or report for its activities, accept responsibility for them. In the military accountability is very essential as this is imposed by the law or regulation for keeping accurate record of property, document and personal accountability for soldiers.
The Unites states Army values soldiers that are accountable for their actions. Being accountable means being dependable, arriving at work on time, meeting deadlines, meaning “Being in the right place at the right time”. Accountability assures someone that their needs will be met, if someone is accountable you can trust that they will do what they claimed. It holds each and every one to their own actions. We are obligated in the army to be accountable but being accountable doesn’t just come naturally it takes a lot of commitment. It is not something that can be given or assigned to a person.
Instead it is something that one should take on themselves. It is the ability to claim your actions, learn the reasons for such actions and take responsibility for the outcome.In the Army we do what is called a “head count,” which is another term for keeping accountability on how many soldiers that are deck for safety reasons , if any ,military personnel leaves his or hers’ prospective place of duty the person that is in charge should have accountability as a form of safety and work procedure.Firstly, I’ll expound on how important accountability is for recording of property and documents. It is our personal responsibility as an individual to ensure that we account for all personal or military possessions and documents and to ensure proper management of each item as required by law, policy or regulation according to AR 710-2 and AR 735-5 which both covers the army policy for property accountability such as military Identification card, weapons, communication equipment etcetera. In addition, soldiers are expected to be accountable for the objects issued to them from the time they enter basic training up until the time they leave the military. Secondly, soldier accountability is a very important responsibility of all leadership.
As an example, any live weapons range you go to a part of the safety brief is “everyone here is a range safety”, meaning anyone call a cease fire if they observe dangerous behavior or a situation regardless of rank, it doesn’t matter. As such in that event everyone becomes accountable not only for the operation of the range but also for the mission objective, which is to ensure that everyone qualifies but do it in a safe manner as well. Another example would be the usual Physical Training gathering, where all soldiers must be accounted for, where a leader takes charge and takes accountability for all those who fall under his or her leadership.Also accountability is critical in the event of a disaster or national emergency. Service members and DoD affiliated personnel are required to provide contact information according to the new policy from the United states Army Materiel Command which develops and delivers readiness solutions to ensure globally dominant land force capabilities, headquartered at the Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.The employee should be accounted for within 24 hours of a disaster emergency.
Employees or service members who are in an affected geographic area should contact their supervisor to report their status as soon as possible. This aids greatly in the strict accountability of the service members and DOD affiliated personnel as a way of ensuring their safety and wellness.In concluding, accountability is very essential responsibility of everyone both personally or as an organization which involves portraying or exercising the seven army values daily. In regards to a military organization soldier accountability is one of the main responsibilities of the leadership whether it comes from the Non- Commissioned Officer support channel or from the actual chain of command. As it pertains to personal accountability takes honesty, hardworking, trust worthiness, competency, character and commitment because what you do affects your organization.
The habits of exercising security and accountability of sensitive items or documents allows the soldier and their team to operate to the highest standards and facilitates mission success. If accountability fails to be kept then it can cause a lot of disorderly conduct amongst the army and society itself, so it is up to us to take ownership of our outcomes and learn from those failures and grow so that we can keep improving. Owning up to our short comings and mistakes is not easy, but it is essential part of success.
As a famous excerpt from Jim Rohn, (Author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker) “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind but you can change yourself. That is something you have change of.”In final conclusion, I have explained why I believe accountability is important, how it affects us, how it aids in our everyday life and military life. I also gave examples of how I felt and believe that accountability was being exercised based on my experience in the army and the consequences of failure to adhering to the policies and how accountability makes the mission of the army runs smoother in regards to an organization or just as an individual.
I have also personally learnt more on the importance of accountability based on findings and research that helped me with the successful completion of this essay.