I have been tasked with writing a 2000-word essay about the importance of accountability of sensitive items in the military, the importance of responsibility, and safeguarding my room. I have been tasked with this essay because of my lack of attentiveness that caused me to lose accountability of my room key on the morning of 28JAN2013 at approximately 0700. I had been assigned to cleaning showers for GI that week, and was in the process of performing my duties (cleaning showers) when I found some toiletry items that somebody had left behind in the showers. After leaving the items on a dryer for 15 minutes to allow the owner the opportunity to reclaim them, I took the items to my room to throw them away in my personal trash bag because the latrine trash had already been taken out. In the process of throwing away the toiletry items, I accidentally threw away my room key, which I was still holding after using it to open the door to my room. I had been distracted because I was (ironically) too busy lamenting the lack of responsibility of whoever had left the toiletry items in the latrine showers. My preoccupation and negligent oversight caused me to lose accountability of my room key, potentially allowing it to fall into the hands of those who may want to gain access to secure areas, such as my room. Additionally, this type of complacency in the future could cause me to lose track of other sensitive items of greater potential risk to the combat readiness of my unit.
In losing accountability of my room key, I have shown a general disregard for the Army Values of Duty and Respect, as well as violated several points of the Soldier’s Creed. In the Army Values, Duty is defined as a soldier’s ability and devotion to “fulfill your obligations”. All soldiers are required to maintain accountability to numerous basic items such as weapons and equipment. The importance of maintaining accountability for these items should be rather obvious; in the case of equipment, such as...
Sensitive items are anything that is considered classified or a mission essential item. These items can include protective gear, maps, or a piece of paper designating patrol routes. The importance of securing sensitive items comes down to maintaining accountability for operation security, mission success and a soldiers over all readiness. The habits of exercising security and accountability of a soldiers items allow the soldier and their team to
operate to the highest standards or have items be accessed by an opposing adversary creating loss of overall mission success.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Operational security is a process that denied critical information to an adversary. If one were to obtain the information presented it could be used against friendly forces. Utilizing all assets to maintain and secure sensitive items and classified information promote proper operational security and soldier readiness. Not securing items of sensitive nature acquire the risk of loss by being intercepted by unauthorized persons. All personnel should maintain accountability of all sensitive material to allow full utilization by themselves and anyone involved with the mission and still maintain operational security.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Operational security can be compromised through the loss of sensitive items due to loss of equipment used for operational planning, or items used for support missions. Depending on the sensitive item that is being classified it could fall under a different level of security as it is deemed by the U.S. Government. The levels included in the term classified (withheld from general circulation for reasons of national security) are RESTRICTED (public disclosure could have undesirable effects or do some harm), CONFIDENTIAL (unauthorized disclosure could damage national security e.g. compromise information that indicates the strength of armed forces or disclosure of technical information about weapons), SECRET (unauthorized disclosure could seriously damage national security) and TOP SECRET</p>