Importance of Military Accountability in the Army

Army Regulation 600-20, Chapter 4 Military Discipline and Conduct, states; Military discipline is founded upon self-discipline, respect for properly constituted authority, and the embracing of the professional Army ethic with its supporting individual values. Military discipline will be developed by individual and group training to create a mental attitude resulting in proper conduct and prompt obedience to lawful military authority. 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.

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 to know where a soldier is, is where accountability comes into play. A good leader should always have accountability for their soldiers but it starts on the lowest level. I by not being in my designated place of duty, did not conduct my actions in a discipline manner, in doing so I failed to be accountable to my Chain of Command and NCO Ladder. The U. S. army values soldiers that are accountable for their actions.

I failed to be accountable by not notifying Sgt Estrada and 1SG of my intentions. To be accountable is to be “answerable for one’s conduct in respect to obligations fulfilled or unfulfilled” Accountability is the obligation of an individual to keep his superior informed of his use of authority and accomplishment of assigned tasks. In laymen; to be accountable means being dependable. Arriving to work and appointments on time. Meeting deadlines. Being in the right place at the right time. Doing the right thing at the right time.

Not only does accountability matter in formation it is also imperative to have accountability of all your weapons and sensitive items. In case of something happening spontaneously and you don’t have any knowing of how much and where everything is there is a lot of confusion and drama. Any time anything happens or you are preparing to go to the field or deployment of course you have to have accountability and order. Without that there would be chaos. Not only being accounted for, you have to be responsible and reliable. A person who does as promised can be considered as reliable.

Reliability is an admirable characteristic. People don’t like to deal with those who are unreliable. They’d rather give their business and rewards to the person they can count on. Also, the reliable person feels good knowing that he or she is trusted. A responsible person is one who is able to act without guidance or supervision, because he or she is accountable and answerable for his or her behavior. Such a person can be trusted or depended upon to do things on his or her own. Such a person will follow through on obligations.