Accountability Essay

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This essay will be about the importance of keeping the accountability of sensitive items. The US Army values soldiers that are accountable for their actions. The accountability of sensitive items affects the unit in many ways. AR 710-2 and AR 735-5 both cover the Army policy for property accountability. Some sensitive items are your weapon, military ID card, commo equipment, etc. Sensitive items are anything that can be used by opposing forces or the enemy to counter attack, weaken forces, and gain intel, and so on. People will sometimes get relaxed (complacent) or forgettable while not currently in a mission. 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 …show more content…
In the soldiers creed it states “I will maintain my arms, my equipment and myself”, by failing to do so I let down not only my fellow soldiers, I put them at risk. Not maintaining accountability of my sensitive items could allow a hostile person access to certain resources. I now know I must maintain vigilance over everything issued to me by the military. Great harm could befall others should I do otherwise. I should also help others maintain accountability so they fall under this same scrutiny that I have so carelessly put myself under. Accountability connects in with discipline because you have to have discipline to not do whatever you want to do and show up to places on time. You must also have the discipline to remember tools when you set them down. If you set a tool down somewhere and get into a hurry and leave it you will be held accountable for losing that item. If you leave your tools unattended someone could easily pick it up and then what will you do when you on an important mission and you need that tool? Throughout our lives we come across many things of value. Some things are more valuable than others, either because they cost more money or they hold a sentimental value that we keep close to our hearts. In the military regardless of what branch you are, it is instilled in our heads that our weapon is the most valuable thing you will ever have. You train with it, you eat with it, you sleep with it, you use it to