A Soldier must always hold themselves to a higher standard than the rest of society. From the outside looking in, It would be unreasonable for a citizen to place faith in someone who cannot even be responsible for themselves, especially with as great a task as defending a country. If it was a widespread problem, it would reflect negatively on our military and we would lose our support. As a soldier grows in their career and attempts to advance through the ranks in the military, they will come across many peers. Some of these individuals’ lives could very well depend on that soldier. So if he or she appears negligent, how could they entrust him or her with their safety? Should this irresponsible person be given a position of power, they would then set a bad example for their subordinates to follow.
You must be a responsible soldier if you want to make it through deployment alive. Or even worse, if you fail to be responsible you could risk your entire squad’s lives. You can only become responsible when you aren’t ate up. An example of being responsible would be to always arrive on time. Especially to formations. Time management is crucial to survival on the battle field where seconds mean the difference between life or death. As said before responsibility must be used in every part of your life as a soldier, you must do this without having to be constantly reminded or helped. I failed to be responsible when I neglected to take proper accountability of my CIF gear. I left my assault pack with my ACH and eye pro unsecured. The consequence of which one of my battle buddies before me had to bear. He had to pay of a lost ACH that cost $322.
The most significant part in the Soldier’s Creed for me at this time is: I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. If I lack this fundamental lesson I could put myself in danger or some of my battle buddies. To lose a sensitive item can be detrimental to the readiness of my unit in times of war or training. In times of war losing CIF gear is catastrophic considering you have just given your enemy the opportunity to wield these items against your colleagues.
In conclusion, accountability of sensitive items are the most important aspect of the military way of life. My team depends on me to keep all my equipment within arms length and in working order. I will strive to maintain proper accountability of my equipment. I will never know what will someday save my life or the life of my comrades.