ï»¿16 October 2011
The Army Values, how they tie together, and how they relate to accountability.
LDRSHIP is an acronym that simplifies all that an Army soldier stands for. LDRSHIP is short for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Each of these is a value that not only stands alone but ties into the next. It is a chain that, if missing one link, will not hold.
You donâ€™t have to look hard to see the connection between each of the seven Army Values. It is a system that is intertwined within itself. If you donâ€™t have Personal Courage, it is difficult to have a sense of Duty. Integrity is seemingly pointless without Honor. A man who doesnâ€™t respect his ...view middle of the document...
Accountability does not just mean keeping up with your sensitive items (i.e. weapons, radios, etc.). It is the smaller things that are taken for granted that go missing and affects the mission. Take the flashlight mentioned earlier for example. That flashlight may not be used much but just one time you need it to see into a dark corner in a room that you are clearing. What happens if you donâ€™t have it? Maybe nothing will happen. Or, maybe there is a man hiding in that corner with a weapon that you cannot see due to the lack of light. That didnâ€™t just affect you, but it got your battle buddy behind you shot.
As you read above, accountability and the Army Values doesnâ€™t just affect the one soldier who has the problem. It affects the team as a whole and the leaders appointed over him. To serve selflessly, one must not think of oneself. It may not seem like it, but losing a piece of equipment is a selfish thing to do. It caused the team to lose essential time in order to look for it. It causes the leadership even more time because not only are the searching, but they also have to generate the paperwork for the missing item. Most of all, it can lead to the loss of lives.
In conclusion, accountability is a major factor that alongside of the seven Army Values holds this Army together. And just as the Army Values tie into each other, they tie into other values such as accountability. A minor defect in just one of the values causes flaws in the others. These flaws affect everyone from oneself, to oneâ€™s team, to the leadership, and to the mission. Therefore, it is critical to be accountable for oneself and equipment. That is an essential key to completing todayâ€™s mission.