If you’ve ever used a Metric Conversion Chart, you know that these things save you a lot of time and mental power. Conversion charts allow you to translate one value into its equivalent in a matter of seconds. Speaking of seconds, one of the most-needed conversion charts is the military time conversion chart. The armed forces is notorious for operating under their own codes. Most notably, you have the NATO alphabet (“Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta…”) and you have the military time. Military time format is known in several places as the twenty-four-hour format.
If you want to start using military time for practical (or arcane) reasons, these charts will be useful as training and reference tools.
The military time format is actually available on your phone’s time settings. It is a format, or a measurement, that is not limited to the armed forces.
What it does differently from the usual 12-hour clock is that it calculates every hour as a separate hour from one midnight to the next. The 12-hour pattern starts at 1 again after 12 noon, while military time moves on to hour 13.
Each hour is a “hundred.” Just taking a look at some of these charts, you should notice the pattern.
and so on.
When it gets to noon (1200h), the next hour is not 0100 for 1:00 p.m. Instead you count from 12:
11:00 p.m. is 2300 or the 23rd hour, and then at midnight the clock reverts to 0000.
You will often hear in soldier movies where the men are barking “fourteen hundred hours” to mean two in the afternoon.
They use this metric because it is more precise and is able to convey a lot of chronological information in short. And the military is all about efficiency and control.
You can get this in your own life as well by training yourself with these conversion charts. They are all available to download and print for free.
For other conversion charts to make your life easier, check these out:
The first step is to download them. It’s fast, it’s free, it’s easy. The next step is obvious from there. Most of the conversion charts are merely for reference and will have different degrees of complexity. Any of them will help you get a solid grounding on how to convert from civilian time to military time, and in time and with practice, you might not need it anymore. (Which is more than can be said for a Metric Unit Conversion Chart Template, which you will need forever.)
It is recommended to understand the logic behind the conversion and notice the pattern. Over time you will learn to add 12 to any hour to get its 24-hour equivalent (i.e., 4:00 p.m. is 4 + 12 = 16, or 1600h) and do all this in your head.
Until then, these charts have your back.