Accountability of Sensitive Items Essay

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This essay will be about the importance of keeping the accountability of sensitive items and how the accountability of sensitive items affects the unit. AR 710-2 and AR 735-5 both cover the Army policy for property accountability. Some sensitive items are your weapon, military ID card, communication equipment, etcetera. Sensitive items are anything that can be used by opposing forces or the enemy to counter attack, weaken forces, and gain information, and so on. People will sometimes get relaxed or forgettable while not in a combat zone or operation area. If this happens it is very dangerous due to the fact that enemies are able to obtain any and possibly all of your sensitive items to gather information or harm you and your unit and …show more content…
If this were to happen it could jeopardize the lives of our unit and other units as well.
Another sensitive item would be NVG’s or Night Vision Goggles. If you misplace or lose your Night Vision Goggles then you will not be able to see what is going on around you during the night. It could also aid the enemy in having the same advantages as you would have at night. This could potentially harm you or your unit.
Maps and map overlays are also sensitive items because if the enemy were to acquire our map overlays then they would have knowledge of our battle positions, observation points, where the unit is located, ammunition points and supplies in general. This could harm you or your unit because the enemy would know your entire battle plan.
All of these items are important to you and your unit because without them you and your unit are not fully mission capable and able to carry out the tasks given to you by your chain of command. If you lose one of your sensitive items it can harm your unit and keep you from completing your mission properly or at all. It could also prolong your mission until you are able to find what has been misplaced. It could also put you and your unit in harm’s way due to the fact that they would be looking for the misplaced item and not paying attention to their surroundings.
I made the mistake and left my weapon in the port-a-john during our last field training exercise. If it had not been found

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