Here’s How Military Time Works

Here’s How Military Time Works

Military time is so easy to comprehend, it eliminates the need to use A.M and P.M designations as each hour of the day has its own number. Here we explain how military time is written, pronounced and used in everyday life.

Military Time uses a 24 Hour Clock

Military time is not difficult to understand. Once you understand the basics of how military time works, it’s very simple to work out what each hour of the day is in military time. Unlike civilian time that makes use of a 12 hour clock, military time uses a 24 hour clock that starts at midnight at 0000 hours and ends at 2359 hours the following night. But what does 0000 and 2359 mean?

Military time is written differently than civilian time. From 1 A.M. to 12 P.M. time remains the same but it is written as 0100, 0200, 0300, and so on. After 12 P.M., from 1 P.M. onwards, military time is written 1300, 1400, 1500, and so forth until midnight, which is designated by 2400 or 0000, marking where one day ends and the next day begins.  Therefore, one o’clock civilian time, 1 A.M., is “zero one hundred hours”, and quarter to two in the afternoon, 1:44 P.M., is written as “thirteen hundred forty-five hours”. Once you understand the basics of how military time is written in relation to civilian time, you can very easily work out what any time of the day is in military time.

Military time can also easily be converted back into civilian time. All you need to do is to know the time you would like to convert and subtract 1200 hours from that time and you will be left with that exact time in military time format. So to convert 1600 into civilian time you subtract 1200 from 1600 and you are left with 400, which is 4:00 P.M. you can use this method to convert every hour of military time into civilian time and vise versa by adding 1200 to any given hour written in civilian time.

Military Time Pronunciation

We have already covered a bit about how military time is pronounced because the pronunciation of military time is very similar to how it is written. Military time is pronounced in the exact way that it is written. 0000 is pronounced as “zero hundred hours”, 0900 is pronounced as “zero nine hundred hours”, 1200 is pronounced as “twelve hundred hours”, and so it goes on until 2400 pronounced as “twenty-four hundred hours”. Once you are able to convert civilian time into military time, and learn how military time is pronounced, it’s very difficult to forget. It might even be easier for you to use military time, rather than civilian time, in your everyday life.

Why do People use Military Time?

Firstly, military time is a great way to teach children how to tell time because every hour of the day corresponds with the number used to pronounce any given time. Military time also removes any confusion that results from people mixing up A.M. and P.M. designations and is easily converted into civilian time. This is why government and military agencies prefer military time instead of civilian time.

Military Time Removes all Confusion and Uncertainty

Military time has proven to be 100% more reliable than civilian time when trying to communicate the exact time. It takes away the need for A.M. and P.M. designations and removes all confusion and uncertainty that result from the using the A.M. and P.M. designations. Military time is simply easier to learn and understand.