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!

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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