Essay on Accountability in Army

885 Words Feb 24th, 2012 4 Pages
A Soldier’s Accountability
A soldier of the United States Army has many values that are set forth in the “Soldier’s Creed.” The Soldier’s Creed states: I am an American Soldier. I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. I am an expert and I am a professional. I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of
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It could be argued that the Soldier’s Creed deals with many different forms of accountability. In general, the purpose of accountability is placing responsibility on someone expecting them to take ownership and maintain the same values that were asked of them. So, how does accountability pertain to the United States Army? The military gives the definition of accountability as 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 United States Army has instated regulations to govern accountability and to define security concerns that may come with failed accountability. AR 190-11 states: Individuals issued arms are responsible for their security at all times. Each issued weapon will be carried on the person at all times. Weapons will not be entrusted to the custody of another person. Pistols will be secured with a lanyard. AR 190-16 defines: That part of security concerned with physical measures designed to safeguard personnel, to prevent unauthorized access to equipment, installations, material, and documents and to safeguard them against espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft. A lot of the main structure of the Army is placed on accountability. For instance, leadership’s accountability of where a soldier is at any given time, or a
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