14 December 2010

Overheard in the TOC ... or at Your Kids' Daycare?

There are any number of comments that seem to have equal application, whether spoken in a military unit's Tactical Operations Center ("TOC") or in a children's daycare setting. In other words ...

"At the TOC or Daycare? You Make the Call!"
  • “Who told you do that?”
  • “Why didn’t you do what I told you to do?”
  • "Was that a good decision or a poor decision?"
  • "How many can YOU count?"
  • "If I take away this many, how many do you have left?"
  • “Where did you last see it when you lost it?”
  • "How do you draw a ..."
  • "Time to take a nap!"
  • "Where were you when you saw the bad stranger?"
  • "Hey, that's mine!"
  • "Stay on your side!"
  • "Clean up your things."
  • "Everybody--QUIET!”
A quick shout-out to Saber2th for the inspiration for this. I should note that, despite what people think, he really does play well with others.

Got more suggestions? Bring it in the comments section below!


  1. When I had to go to a TOC, I seem to recall most of the language used was not something I heard in my kid's daycare. Every sentence had at least one "F" word in it.

  2. "don't do THAT" and "stop touching me", fun list

  3. I can't do this anymore!

  4. "You go think about what you've just done!"

    "This is why we can't have nice things!"

  5. All of these were heard in the TOC. However, I agree with CI-Roller Dude, you're missing the "flowery" terminology.

  6. @ Dr. Pretzel: I've never figured out how to capture how the atmosphere of a given unit's TOC might reflect the character and culture of a unit. I've been in TOCs that were loud and raucous, and I've been in TOCs that were as quiet as a convent library on a Sunday morning. Same goes for whether or not cursing is allowed, I guess--or expected?


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