Accountability and Setting the example
Accountability, usually used in reference to responsibility. It is the state of being liable, from the top to the bottom, how can you plan for an action if you do not even know where all of your troops are?
There is always one who is put in charge. It is his job to keep accountability on whatever one was put in charge of. What happens when you conduct a movement and realize that you just left 5 people behind? We have formations for a reason. People go missing all the time and the last thing a unit needs is for a marine and their buddy gone missing. So to eliminate this issue, we have formation. It all goes back to that person who was put in charge. He is held accountable for everyone and everything under his supervision. Keeping accountability of not only people, but equipment also helps cut down on waste. Do you have any idea how much it would cost to replace all the equipment one is issued and people lost if leaders simply never noticed they were gone and constantly had to replace them? To me this is the leading cause of marines stealing, because some other marine lost their gear and instead of purchasing another one., they steal it from a fellow marine. One of the United States military's biggest concerns is to never leave a man behind, dead or alive. It is perhaps this knowledge that they will never be left which keeps many troops confident in their job. The fact that a marine knows that the unit will not proceed until everyone is accounted for. Just imagine how hard would you fight if you knew that your life was expendable and should you go missing, you would be written off and forgotten?
My Role in the Marine Corps is quite simple. I follow orders given from them people appointed over me. Don’t ask questions, Just get the job done. Those that ask questions, get looked down upon, but at the same time our MOS require us to ask question when uncertain. So in...