This essay I am going to write is about the importance of accountability in the army, and as to how it affect the units mission. First off by definition “Accountability is important in the military because soldiers are often times required to perform extremely challenging duties and services. Without accountability, a soldier cannot be expected to meet these high demands and expectations”. Being accountable means being in the right place at the right time, being in the proper duty uniform, being dependable and always arriving to work on time, appointments on time and most importantly doing the right thing at the right time and all the time.
One of the most important parts about being accountable is so that you do not miss any important information that you could use. The first formation of the day is one of the most important formations of the day because that is where all information is put out for the week, day, and even month. Being accountable also means that everyone knows where you are at all times, not just you taking care of you but everyone you work with being able to get in contact with you at all times of the day just incase they need too.
The last formation is also just as important due to the fact the information that was put out at first formation can change and if you are not there for the change in information, you could show up at the wrong place or in the wrong uniform. So it is always important that you are either there or if you cannot make it there or to any of your appointments and other personal area, you need to make sure that you contact your supervisor. Unless you cannot get ahold of them then you need to contact someone to let them know of anytime that your not able to make an appointment or are going to be late somewhere.
Because Accountability does not only affect you but every single person that you come into contact with. There are many different forms of accountability that i am going to cover in this essay. One is of the lower enlisted soldiers, this is one of the most important because there is a much larger number of lower enlisted soldiers. you must be aware of your actions and always be vigilant and never to lose self accountability. Once you have gained self accountability, you can then start to worry about other people if the task requires it.
Accountability does not only happen on the week days but also during your personal time because a lot of what you do or people see you do on your personal time can affect how people view and see you on work time. Also it can also affect how you feel about yourself or how other people feel about you. The next topic i am going to cover is the importance of being accountable as a Non-Commissioned Officer. This is really important because soldiers will always be coming to you for advice, guidance and almost everything they can not do alone.
NCO’s are the backbone of the military, they relay information from the top of the channels all the way to the bottom. The NCO mindset comes from a lot of honest hard work and working your way up from the bottom, which is why the NCO’s should know most about accountability, and also because they need to have accountability of not only themselves but that of others that are under them. If one domino falls then most of the time they will all fall. so in other words if one person messes up then it could mess up everyone.
In some missions this is very bad because if you are in Afghanistan or Iraq then you need to have accountability so that everyone gets home safe and unharmed. The higher that you go in the NCO support channel and even the chain of command goes the more important accountability get one main factor that the person has to be more responsible is because the higher you go the more people that are under you and responsibility, But again the key to having good accountability is to maintaining a clear mind and body at all times and to always be aware of your self but also of those people around you.
The Army has a very important mission, and without accountability we can not expect to accomplish this mission. From the little E-2 all the way up to the CSMs and Colonels we all must do our party every single day. Accountability in the our workplace impacts the productivity of everyone within it. Every soldier is a domino in the box of dominos and when we are all stacked in the order that we are supposed to, straight and firm then all works out but once some one get complacent then they fall along with all others around them.
Then its just a chain reaction from there until all the dominos have fallen and your left with nothing but a big pile of unmatched and unorganized domino. I found an accountability quote on the internet that I think kind of means what I am saying. It is by the writer and artist Walter Anderson. “I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.
I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have life itself. Accountability is the most important part of the army. At least that is what I think. Without accountability nothing else in the army could flow as smoothly as they do. That is why people stress the word ACCOUNTABILITY because without it nothing else would happen. So make sure that you get where you gotta get when you gotta get there…