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. (AR600-20)
The US Army values soldiers that are accountable for their actions. Being accountable means being dependable. It means doing everyday task such as arriving to work and appointments on time, meeting deadlines, being in the right place at the right time in the right attire doing the right thing at the right time. Pt formation, the first and morning formation of the day is the most imprtant formation of the day. The point of this formation is to get accountability of everyone and to put out any information that needs to be put out that day. Without accountability there is no way of knowing where soldiers are or what they are up to. Not only does accountability matter in formation, but it is also very important to have accountability if all of your weapons and sensitive items, such as; weapons, radios, NVG's, TA-50 and similar items.
What is accountability? Accountability is the obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping and accurate record of personell, 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 primarilly with custody care and safekeeping.
So why is accountability important to the Army? Accountability is a very important part of an enlisted soldiers and an Non Comissioned Officers (NCO) job. The NCO's responsibility is to make sure that the soldier is accountable for the items and has eyes on these items when needed, so...