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 with 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.

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 Military Time Military Time Pronunciation
AM/PM 24-hour
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. 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 the 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,
  • 🛫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 e.g. Monday at 24:00 is meaning 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 takes the time of loading the Omni webpage).

Hanna Pamuła, PhD candidate