The deopartment of defence defines accountability as,The obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds. Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping.According to, Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc. Accountability means the state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness. It’s important to be accounted for no matter if you’re part of a formation or some type of business. Being accounted for let’s that subjects accountee know that he/she is at his point of place and time. To be accounted for allows the subject to be somewhere else other than his point of duty, knowing that his command knows of his whereabouts and his status. One likes to believe that being on time is being late, but being early is being on time. The importance of being on time when getting accounted for shows how responsible you are instead of showing up late. More simply put accountability is being where you are supposed to be when you're supposed to be there so your NCO or commander knows if every one is ok and what resourses they have available to them. Also accountablity is knowing where all the gear and other items you are resopnsible for are at all times.
Accountability is important for all soldiers because they are responsible for all items issued to them weather it be a weapon, NVG's, clothes, a vehicle, or another personal. Accountability of another personal is a very sensitive item, probably the most sensitive item for anyone. Accountability is also a way for a key leader to see that he has everyone he is responsible for. Accountability is being DEPENDABLE-ARRIVING to work and appointments on...
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