What is 12:30 (AM or PM) in Military Time

12:30 Military TimeMaking the conversion to military time from 12:30 standard time can seem confusing at first! You are likely here to get a quick answer, then you should know that 12:30 AM military time is equivalent to 0030 military time and 12:30 PM is equivalent to 1230 military time.

If you are still reading then you may be curious WHY 12:30 converts the way it does into military time. The good news is that we can certainly help! The exercise below will help you learn to convert standard time (AM/PM) into military time. The first thing to be aware of is that military time does not have an AM/PM version as standard time does. The military timekeeping system works on a 24-hour clock rather than 2- 12 hour clocks. So, the first thing you must do is identify whether the time is in AM or PM before conversion.

12 AM-12 PM (before noon) is 0000-1200 military time while 12 PM to 12 AM (afternoon) is 1200-2400 military time.

Military time starts at 12 AM with the clock at 0000 “zero hundred hours.” So 12:30 AM would be 30 minutes after the clock started at 0000, making the time 0030 in military time. 

12:30 PM, however, is treated differently as that is twelve hours and thirty minutes into the day which makes the military time 1230.

What are 12:30 AM and 12:30 PM in Military Time?


  • What is 12:30 AM Military Time? 0030
  • What is 12:30 PM Military Time? 1230

This guide and much more on our site were created with you in mind. We encourage you to stick around and explore some of our many guides on learning military time which includes a printable chart that you can take with you on the go. You can also use our military time converter to do conversions quickly.

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