what is the importance of accountability in the army?

I got a 5000 word essay due to this friday and I want some info off from this topic.

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  • Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for ones actions. Now for the Army, it becomes an obligation more than“willingness” while you have to be willing to do it as well. Those that are unable to be accountable are the ones that jeopardize the combat readiness of any unit. Basically it is the understanding that from the bottom up. Top down and laterally everyone is going to do and is willing to do the right thing even when no one else is looking. This is practiced at your home base where everyone is assigned tasks and details not only including your own job that you are expected to do and do right but hold others accountable as well as a system of “check yourself, then check your buddy.” Doing the job correctly and ensuring others do it as well and do it safely are all part of accountability in the military as one does not have to experience combat to understand that just being in the military is inherently dangerous given the types of equipment and weapons that are used to train and deploy with. As an example any live weapons range you go to part of the safety brief is “everyone here is a range safety” meaning anyone can call a cease fire if they observe dangerous behavior or a situation regardless of rank and it can be a Colonel or a brand new private, does not matter. As such in that event everyone becomes accountable not only for the operation of the range, the mission objective to have everyone qualify but do it in a safe manner as well. When I used to teach this class I would use this analogy:

    In Germany in order to obtain an operators permit or drivers license everyone must go through six months of driver education as well as pay what is I believe today is around three thousand dollars to include any vehicle on the road must pass a state inspection which is far from a cursory look at the fenders. Now with that they take driving and safety very seriously given the open ended speeds on many of the autobahns but the bottom line is they go through such lengths to ensure only safe vehicles and safe operators are on the road making the Government accountable to the citizens to ensure that happens. On top of that anyone that operates a vehicle in Germany does so with the understanding that everyone on the road is accountable for their actions. Sure you still drive defensively but much of the “risk” is taken out of the equation as every operator goes with the expectation that the other guy or gal is going to act responsibly as well, not just you. So, in the military the same thing goes. We spend thousands of dollars for each person to be trained and when ready, the expectation at your permanent party duty station is that you are going to be accountable for your actions and you as an individual operate that everyone around you is going to do the same as that is what is not only taught but is expected. That and you train like you fight. Fire discipline, knowing who is to your front, left, right and rear and the mission itself right down to the last private with the understanding that when your direct supervisor is taken out then it is up to you to step up and complete the mission. That is being accountable for yourself, your actions and the actions of others as well.

  • Accountability In The Army

  • Hello Jea,

    Accountability In The Army

    Accountability….What does it mean? Well this past month e lost two soldiers who are a part of our unit and voice of our unit pass away. Accountability is important and should not be taken lightly… A soldier lost his life a couple weeks ago, due to lack of accountability, and it hurt a lot of people. For so many reasons accountability is important, for example. Knowing where your soldiers are at all times helps to know what they’re doing, and what their interest are doing so. In case something happens and someone needs t know where a soldier is accountability comes into play. Army Regulation 600-20 IAW Discipline. Why is discipline so important? Because to be accounted for is a part of disciplinary actions, and a part of being a professional and a soldier is by living the army values none more overpowering then the other. So yes Discipline along with the other Army Values is very important. Read more here:


  • I remember an incident that occurred about 20 years ago at twentyNine Palms Marine base. The unit did not hold an accountability formation after returning from a training exercise. Even worse NCOs were allowed to depart on leave without ensuring accountability of every Marine in the unit. By the time they noticed that a Marine had been left out in the middle of the desert - he was dead.

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    Accountability is very important because it allows for your chain of command to know where you are at at the moment.. It is also important because it tells the unit commanders how many personnel are available to perform certain tasks... If a leader does not know how many troops are available then he/she will not know who is available to do what. Gear/equipment is also to be accounted for to have the "readiness" numbers and to make sure that the enemy is not getting a hold of your gear.. Everything must be accounted for, from food, to rounds, to troops, to vehicles, to fuel, etc etc. It is very crucial; to know what is available at all times..LOGISTICS.

  • I don't know, the same reason of the importance of accountability EVERYWHERE...

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  • none of it is actually true!!! the army is full of LIES!!

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