Accountability In The Military

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The dictionary defines accountability as the fact of being held accountable, the obligation and willingness to accept responsibility. The Department of Defense defines accountability as the obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on a person for keeping accurate records of property, documents or funds, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care and safekeeping. For me accountability and responsibly are interchangeable. Everyone learns how to be responsible at a young age but once in the military it becomes an even more important task, because if you are not responsible it will affect other members of your unit. The Army is built on structure and discipline, from basic training until retirement soldiers are…show more content…
Accountability directly ties into the Army Values particularly duty; fulfilling your obligations, doing your duty means carrying out your assigned tasks. The Soldiers Creed says I will always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself. The NCO Creed states “My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind the accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers.” Being a Soldier you are expected to live the Army Values and the Soldiers Creed, once you become a Non Commission officer you also take on the responsibility of taking care of other soldiers. One of the first things you learn to be successful in the military is to be in the right place at the right time, in the right uniform and looking out for your fellow team members when they are having any kind of difficulties. As you progress in rank you find that accountability encompasses much more than just being at the right place, you have to be accountable for yourself, your soldiers, equipment and property. Accountability is equally important in the health care field. Without accountability an organization would not be able to run
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