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How to tell Army time

Updated on June 3, 2015

Army Time

So once upon a time I was new to the whole Army. One thing that was always an issue for me was understanding army time. So I have decided to tell you the most simplest ways to tell army time so the next time your husband or wife comes home and tells you that they have to report in for PT at 1600 you will know what they just said.

  • So there are 24 hours in a day. While military time runs from 0000 hours(Sometimes called 2400 hours). When spoken aloud it is pronounced "twenty-four hundred hours". This is midnight, equivalent to 12:00 p.m. to civilians.
  • Remember that military time continues to ascend for the afternoon hours rather than beginning a new 12-hour cycle. Thus, 1 p.m. is now 1300 hours, or "thirteen hundred hours"; 2 p.m. is 1400 hours; and so forth. This pattern continues until midnight, at which point the military clock begins again.
  • For afternoon hours it is a little more simpler. If they tell you 1300 just subtract 1200(or 12 from 13) and you get 1 p.m.

So there you go nice and simple way of telling military time. I have also put a picture of a civilian clock with military time around it in case you are better learning by visually seeing things. If you believe you will still have an issue just bookmark this page until you figure it out.


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      Natosha Bullock 4 years ago from Clarksville, Tennesse

      'Zero Dark Thirty' is military slang for an unspecified time in the early hours of the morning before dawn. Hope this helps.

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      Heck 4 years ago

      What is zero dark thirty