The Importance of Accountability and Responsibility in the U.S. Army

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The Importance of Accountability and Responsibility in the U.S. Army

The following essay is a compilation of my personal experiences, definitions, and examples of how responsibility and accountability are important to surviving in today’s U.S. Army. Responsibility is increased when soldiers have a single, clear set of rules that apply to a specific event. When the guidelines are unclear, or when more than one set of rules seems to apply to an event, responsibility is decreased.
Responsibility is: the obligation for the proper, custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual. Being responsible in the US Army has got to be of the utmost importance in my opinion.
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I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

The most important part in the Soldier's Creed for me in this moment and time is I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. For if I didn’t have those things I could put myself in danger or some of my battle buddies. Assertions of responsibility can mean a number of different things. We might be making a judgment of someone’s character, implying that a Soldier can be trusted to act responsibly. We might mean that someone was responsible for bringing something about. But these responses don’t take us far towards a satisfactory answer to the question, what do we mean when we talk about responsibilities? To advance our understanding of responsible action we need to know who is responsible, and for what. 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 is crucial considering you have just given your enemy the ability to intercept these weapons and/or sensitive items. 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


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