Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping.
Accountability is defined 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.
I’ve learned that a good leader should always have accountability of their soldiers, but it starts with self.
Being accountable is also knowing that your soldier(s) physical, mental, and spiritual needs are accounted for and taken into consideration; so that they can be functional as a unit, team, and ensuring that they are mission ready. No matter who you are or where you are your number one responsibility is accountability whether it is for yourself, comrades, and/or equipment. Responsibility is being accountable for what you do or fail to do.
As a NCO, I am accountable for my personal conduct and that of my soldiers.
Also, each soldier is individually responsible for his/her own personal conduct and that responsibility cannot be delegated.As I have learned over the past seven years that I have been in the Army is that accountability and responsibility are the two most important things that the organization focuses on.In this essay, I will be discussing the importance of accountability and the responsibilities as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).Individual responsibility cannot be delegated; it belongs to the soldier that wrote the check.Soldiers are accountable for their actions, to their fellow soldiers, to their leaders, to their unit and to the United States Army.One of the values in the United States Army, that most seek in soldiers is accountability.Accountability (in this case) means that you can be relied upon to arrive to work and appointments on time, meet deadlines, be in the right place at the right time, and do what needs to be done to complete the mission at hand.For example, a company commander is responsible for all the tasks and missions assigned to the company; his superiors hold him accountable for completing them.Commanders give military leaders the responsibility for what their sections, units, or organizations do or fail to do.As a non-commissioned officer, I know that my unit, immediate leaders and the army expects me to be accountable.I must ensure that I follow the regulation (s) in the event that I may be out of work by: ensuring that my chain of command is informed and well as providing any type of documentation that will support what I am saying to prevent any questions or concerns being brought about. Being accounted for is part of disciplinary actions and a part of being rofessional and a soldier is by living the army values none more overpowering than the other.