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With our military time converter (also known as an army time converter), you'll quickly find out what time it is in military time. Not only can you convert military time to standard time and vice versa, but you can also check what is the military time right now. For you visual learners out there, we also present a comprehensive military time chart, along with a military time minutes chart. If you have a hard time reading military time, don't fret! We'll also explain to you just how to tell military time.

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What is military time?

Military time is a way to express time using 24 hours instead of 12 hours. Simply speaking it's a synonym for the 24-hour clock. It is usually used to avoid confusion between A.M. and P.M. The format is:

hhmm or hh:mm

where:

hh is the number of full hours passed since midnight (00-23)

mm is the number of full minutes passed since the last full hour (00-59)

In everyday applications, the commonly used separator between hours and minutes is a colon (e.g., computers show the time in the 24-hour system in most countries). In military applications, the separator is omitted, as in our military time calculator.

Military time chart

We've prepared a simple military time chart if you want to have a quick look at conversions between different time formats:

Regular Time AM/PM

24-hour

Military Time

Military Time pronunciation

Midnight 12:00 a.m.

00:00 or 24:00

0000 (preferred) or 2400

Zero-zero-zero-zero / Zero hundred hours or Twenty-four hundred (hours)

1:00 a.m.

1:00

0100

Zero one hundred (hours)

2:00 a.m.

2:00

0200

Zero two hundred (hours)

3:00 a.m.

3:00

0300

Zero three hundred (hours)

4:00 a.m.

4:00

0400

Zero four hundred (hours)

5:00 a.m.

5:00

0500

Zero five hundred (hours)

6:00 a.m.

6:00

0600

Zero six hundred (hours)

7:00 a.m.

7:00

0700

Zero seven hundred (hours)

8:00 a.m.

8:00

0800

Zero eight hundred (hours)

9:00 a.m.

9:00

0900

Zero nine hundred (hours)

10:00 a.m.

10:00

1000

Ten hundred (hours)

11:00 a.m.

11:00

1100

Eleven hundred (hours)

Noon 12:00 p.m.

12:00

1200

Twelve hundred (hours)

1:00 p.m.

13:00

1300

Thirteen hundred (hours)

2:00 p.m.

14:00

1400

Fourteen hundred (hours)

3:00 p.m.

15:00

1500

Fifteen hundred (hours)

4:00 p.m.

16:00

1600

Sixteen hundred (hours)

5:00 p.m.

17:00

1700

Seventeen hundred (hours)

6:00 p.m.

18:00

1800

Eighteen hundred (hours)

7:00 p.m.

19:00

1900

Nineteen hundred (hours)

8:00 p.m.

20:00

2000

Twenty hundred (hours)

9:00 p.m.

21:00

2100

Twenty-one hundred (hours)

10:00 p.m.

22:00

2200

Twenty-two hundred (hours)

11:00 p.m.

23:00

2300

Twenty-three hundred (hours)

Military time minutes conversion chart

If you need to find out the time that has passed, but not the actual hour, then the military time minutes chart may be useful. An example would be if you wanted to express time worked for a payroll:

Standard minutes

Military time minutes

Standard minutes

Military time minutes

1

0.02

31

0.52

2

0.03

32

0.53

3

0.05

33

0.55

4

0.07

34

0.57

5

0.08

35

0.58

6

0.10

36

0.60

7

0.12

37

0.62

8

0.13

38

0.63

9

0.15

39

0.65

10

0.17

40

0.67

11

0.18

41

0.68

12

0.20

42

0.70

13

0.22

43

0.72

14

0.23

44

0.73

15

0.25

45

0.75

16

0.27

46

0.77

17

0.28

47

0.78

18

0.30

48

0.80

19

0.32

49

0.82

20

0.33

50

0.83

21

0.35

51

0.85

22

0.37

52

0.87

23

0.38

53

0.88

24

0.40

54

0.90

25

0.42

55

0.92

26

0.43

56

0.93

27

0.45

57

0.95

28

0.47

58

0.97

29

0.48

59

0.98

30

0.50

60

1.00

Let's say that you worked for 8 hours and 25 minutes. To convert minutes from standard time to military time, divide the standard time in minutes by 60, and round the result to two decimal places:

25/60 = 0.41666... ≈ 0.42

So the time for your payroll would be 8.42. You can check it with the military time calculator. Next time you need to find the military time minutes, choose the easiest and quickest method for yourself:

  • Manually divide the minutes by 60;
  • Search the value from the table above; or
  • Use the Omni's time unit converter.

How to tell military time? How to read hours and minutes?

So, how do you say military time? Fortunately, it's not too complicated and is made even easier if you remember a few rules:

  • Leading zeros must be pronounced (read 0835 as "zero eight thirty-five")
  • "Hundreds" are used when telling military time, not "thousands" (read 1000 as "ten hundred", not "one thousand")
  • It may happen that you'll see letters after military time - these refer to military time zones. For example, local time is specified as J ("Juliett"), and Z ("Zulu") is GMT/UTC time.
  • The convention of reading minutes may differ as well: usually, you read minutes as a whole number (e.g. 0017 as zero zero seventeen), but sometimes you separate each digit (0017 zero zero one seven)

If you have any doubts, input the values into our tool, and we'll show you how to tell military time!

Noon and midnight in military time

Expressing noon and midnight can lead to some confusion, not only in military time but also on the standard 12-hour clock:

  1. Midnight 🌙

Midnight in military time may be expressed as both 0000 and 2400. However, 0000 is preferred, as it usually applies to the start of the new day (digital watches and clocks use 0000). In some applications, both versions may be used: 0000 to notate midnight in military time when it is the start of the day or activity, but 2400 for activities or days ending. For example:

  • 🛒shop opening hours, work shifts. For instance, 16:00-24:00, but 00:00 - 08:00; and
  • 🛫flight, train timetables. Train arriving during the last minute of a day gets to the station at 24:00, but train departing during the first minute of the day leaves at 00:00.

So, for example, Monday at 24:00 means the same as Tuesday at 00:00.

  1. Noon ☀️

Noon is much more straightforward in military time, as there's no confusion - it's always 1200 (12:00). This is better than the 12-hour system, where the abbreviations come from Latin: p.m. from post meridiem (after noon) and a.m. from ante meridiem (before noon). The most logical way would be to say noon, or 00h00 .m. / 12h00.m (meridiem, not used very often nowadays). By convention, noon is called 12.00 p.m.

What time is it in military time? Use our army time converter!

With our military time converter, you can quickly do both conversions. Let's check how to solve two real-life questions:

  1. What is 1700 in military time?
  • At first, select the conversion type. Here, we'd like to convert military time to standard time, so that's the default value, and we don't need to change anything.
  • Enter the military time into the proper box - 1700 for our example.
  • The result appears underneath: in regular time (12-hour format), it's 5:00 PM. The calculator also prompts you with how to read the military time (seventeen hundred (hours) in our case).
  1. What is 10 p.m. in military time?
  • This time, you need to change the conversion type to the regular time to military option.

  • Pick the time format - a 12-hour a.m./p.m. is the default one.

  • Input the time, don't forget to change a.m. to p.m. if necessary.

  • The calculator deals with the issue of flying colors, showing that 10 p.m. is"

    22:00 in the 24-hour format

    2200 in military time

    Read as: twenty-two hundred (hours)

But what if you'd like to check what is the military time right now? Well, our army time converter has the answer as well — at the top of the tool, you'll see the current military time based on your local time (click the refresh button if needed, as it uses the time when loading the Omni webpage as a default).

FAQ

What is military time?

Military time is a way to express time, using a 24-hour clock and a convention for communicating the hours on the clock that clears its users from any possible miscommunication. The military time gets rid of "AM" and "PM" and uses hours from 00:00 (24:00 is rarely used) to 23:59. You can omit the colonnd express the military time as a single number: 0715 or 1620.

How do I convert to military time?

To convert any hour to military time:

  1. Check if the hour, AM or PM.

  2. If the hour is AM (before 12:00) and is composed of a single digit, then simply get rid of "AM" and add a "0".

  3. If the hour is PM, add 12 to the number of hours: 3 PM becomes 3 + 12 = 15.

  4. You can also convert only the minutes to military time. In this case, use the following comparison of ratios: minutes : military minutes = 60 : 1. Military minutes are expressed as a fraction of the unit.

How is 4:35 PM in military time?

4:35 PM in military time is 1635, or 16:35. To find this result, you have to perform a single step:

  1. Sum 12 to the number of hours (since we are dealing with a PM time): 4 + 12 = 16.

To read this time, you can use the following convention: read the hours as hundredths ("sixteen-hundred") and the minutes separately ("thirty-five"): "sixteen-hundred thirty-five).

How much is 5 minutes in military times?

Five minutes are 0.08 military minutes. To find this result, use the following comparison of ratios:

60 : 1 = minutes : military minutes

In our case, this means that the military minutes are:

military minutes = 5/60 = 0.08

You can use military minutes to convert quickly the amount of time passed (rather than an hour): military minutes are given as a fraction of the unit. This means they are never larger than 1 and are always expressed as a decimal number.

Hanna Pamuła, PhD
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Now it is 11:37 a.m.,
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