Military time is used to prevent confusion between a.m. If you were to arrange to meet a friend at 8, how would your friend know whether you meant 8 a.m. With military time, no confusion exists because 0800 is 8 a.m. Time stamps referencing Greenwich Mean Time (GMT for short – often interchanged with Coordinated Universal Time/UTC) is denoted by a “Z” at the end, and is written as 0752Z. The local time is denoted by a “J” at the end, and the eastern time zone is denoted by an “R” at the end. Each of the zones have a corresponding letter and name. When written, military time is written without the colons (notice I did not include them above). When spoken, military time is stated in hundreds, i.e. 0500 would be “zero five hundred” or “oh five hundred”. Note that the colon between the hour and minutes is omitted in writing military time. Of course, it’s much more practical to know an easy way to convert to military time rather than relying on a table as listed above. Here is an explanation of military time and an easy way to learn how to convert to it. For both clocks, be careful to understand how to write the times of day in their proper formats. Remember, practice makes perfect when you are learning how to use the 24-hour military time system. While it might seem difficult at first, you could ultimately decide that you prefer this logic-based system. The 24-hour military time system can feel overwhelming when you are not accustomed to using it on a day-to-day basis. However, with a little practice, this time system will quickly become an effective means for communicating time without the risk of confusing a.m. All using military time will synch their clocks and watches to a master clock. The Department of Defense (DoD) uses one clock, also known as the atomic clock (mighty cool nickname), to ensure pinpoint accuracy and that all teams are using the exact same time.
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