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

2958 WordsMay 14, 201112 Pages
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.…show more content…
The NCO's responsibility is to make sure that the Soldier is accountable for the items and has eyes on these items when needed, so that he can report it to his higher command. Accountability is a concept in ethics with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as answerability, responsibility, blameworthiness, liability and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving. At its root, accountability involves either the expectation or assumption of account-giving behavior. In another view, accountability is a simple word that, at its root, means: "the willingness to stand up and be counted -- as part of a process, activity or game." In this sense, then, accountability is less something I'm held to, or something done to me; rather, it is a word reflecting personal choice and willingness to contribute to an expressed or implied outcome. Accountability is increasingly becoming an important issue for the non-profit world. 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
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