Military time is a method of timekeeping based on the 24 hour clock. It relies on a day that is divided into hours and minutes on a 24-hour cycle from midnight to midnight. Military time is commonly used in the United States, United Kingdom, Philippines, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Pakistan, and Malaysia. The 24-hour time system is primarily used by military and emergency services in these countries, unlike the rest of the world. Civilian timekeeping in these countries primarily uses the 12-hour timekeeping system notated with A.M. and P.M. Most other countries in the world use a variation of military time called 24-hour time for both civilian and military timekeeping.
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Military Time Chart
The military time conversion chart below will allow you to easily read or convert military time. Making it simple to take standard (regular) AM/PM time and quickly convert it to military time (24-hour time) or vice versa.
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Military Time Conversion – 24 Hour Time to Standard Time
Use the tool below to enter either military time (24-hour time) or standard/regular (AM/PM) time and select “convert.”
Which Countries Use 24 Hour Time Keeping System
You can see a breakdown of which countries use military time or 24-hour time below. As you can see, most countries in the world utilize a 24-hour timekeeping system in their everyday lives and also for military use.
Military Time Chart with Time Zone Name
The military time conversion chart below lists the standard 12-hour time format next to the 24-hour time format. This is followed by military time, UTC offset (military time zone), military time zone name, and the time zone letter code.
The military time presented in this chart uses the time zone letter code affixed to the end of the time. This is simply to denote the time zone in which the time is referenced. The letter corresponds to the first letter of the time zone name. Read more about military time zones here.
|12 HR Standard||24 HR Time||Military Time||UTC Offset||Time Zone Name||Zone Code|
|12:00 A.M.||0:00||0000Z||UTC ±0||Zulu||Z|
|01:00 A.M.||1:00||0100A||UTC +1||Alpha||A|
|02:00 A.M.||2:00||0200B||UTC +2||Bravo||B|
|03:00 A.M.||3:00||0300C||UTC +3||Charlie||C|
|04:00 A.M.||4:00||0400D||UTC +4||Delta||D|
|05:00 A.M.||5:00||0500E||UTC +5||Echo||E|
|06:00 A.M.||6:00||0600F||UTC +6||Foxtrot||F|
|07:00 A.M.||7:00||0700G||UTC +7||Golf||G|
|08:00 A.M.||8:00||0800H||UTC +8||Hotel||H|
|09:00 A.M.||9:00||0900I||UTC +9||India||I|
|10:00 A.M.||10:00||1000K||UTC +10||Kilo||K|
|11:00 A.M.||11:00||1100L||UTC +11||Lima||L|
|12:00 P.M.||12:00||1200M||UTC +12||Mike||M|
|01:00 P.M.||13:00||1300X||UTC -11||X-ray||X|
|02:00 P.M.||14:00||1400W||UTC -10||Whiskey||W|
|03:00 P.M.||15:00||1500V||UTC -9||Victor||V|
|04:00 P.M.||16:00||1600U||UTC -8||Uniform||U|
|05:00 P.M.||17:00||1700T||UTC -7||Tango||T|
|06:00 P.M.||18:00||1800S||UTC -6||Sierra||S|
|07:00 P.M.||19:00||1900R||UTC -5||Romeo||R|
|08:00 P.M.||20:00||2000Q||UTC -4||Quebec||Q|
|09:00 P.M.||21:00||2100P||UTC -3||Papa||P|
|10:00 P.M.||22:00||2200O||UTC -2||Oscar||O|
|11:00 P.M.||23:00||2300N||UTC -1||November||N|
|12:00 P.M.||12:00||1200Y||UTC -12||Yankee||Y|
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What Exactly is Military Time?
This system is used to convey accurate time across time all zones, countries, and languages. Military time turns all time calculations into a four-digit number and removes the need for the AM or PM suffix. It is used most famously by the military in the United States, but it has also been adopted by many other agencies and services. Examples include emergency response teams, hospitals, aviation, navigation, and anywhere else where time confusion can have a serious or negative impact.
The probability of miscommunication with the AM/PM timekeeping system has led to the importance of military time (24-hour clock) with organizations that rely on accurately communicating and tracking time.
How to Understand a 24-hour Chart?
A military time chart is designed to offer an easy method for finding the link between standard time measurement and military time (or the standard 12-hour time system and the military’s 24-hour time system). The military time converter chart above is a simple conversion table with standard time on the left column and its corresponding military time on the right. In most cases, it should be presented without the colon separator between minutes and hours. As such, it is not present in the military time chart above.
If you want to convert military time to 24-hour timekeeping, then you would simply add the colon between the middle two numbers (ex. 1834 to 18:34). Military time can also be known as army time, navy time, marine time, and even air force time.