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How To Tell Military Time

Welcome to military time! It’s really quite easy once you get the hang of it. And trust me, you’ll need to know it or you’ll never know when your Army husband is coming or going. Pretty soon, you’ll be using it yourself. Civilians may look at you a little strange when you tell them you get off work at 18:00 but don’t worry about it. Just respond “It’s an Army thing.” Here goes…

1 a.m.——1:00
2 a.m.——2:00
3 a.m.——3:00
4 a.m.——4:00
5 a.m.——5:00
6 a.m.——6:00
7 a.m.——7:00
8 a.m.——8:00
9 a.m.——9:00
10 a.m.—–10:00
11 a.m.—–11:00

1:00 p.m.—–13:00
2:00 p.m.—–14:00
3:00 p.m.—–15:00
4:00 p.m.—–16:00
5:00 p.m.—–17:00
6:00 p.m.—–18:00
7:00 p.m.——19:00
8:00 p.m.——20:00
9:00 p.m.——21:00
10:00 p.m.—–22:00
11:00 p.m.—–23:00

If your husband will be home at 5:00 p.m., it’s 17:00 (pronounced “17 hundred”). If it is 12:30 a.m., it’s 0:30 (pronounced “zero thirty”). Basically once you get to PM hours, all you are doing is adding the time to the number 12. If it is 2:00 p.m., 2 plus 12 is 14, making it 14:00 (“14 hundred”).

You may often hear Army soldiers refer to their PT time as “zero dark thirty” as a joke!

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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