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Military Time

The 24-hour system for telling time is known as “Military Time”. The 24-hour system of time is from midnight to midnight for the completion of one day. When telling time with hours, minutes, and seconds in Military Time, the time is read in 24-hour intervals, not in 12-hour intervals. This means that you start the day at 00:00 or 12:00 midnight. Then in the 24 hour system, you would advance to 01:00 which is pronounced, “oh-one-hundred-hours”, or in the 12 hour system is 1:00 A.M. Here is a breakdown showing Military Time in the 24 hour system and in the 12 hour system.

24 Hours 12 Hours

· 00:00 12:00 Midnight
· 01:00 1:00 A.M.
· 02:00 2:00 A.M.
· 03:00 3:00 A.M.
· 04:00 4:00 A.M.
· 05:00 5:00 A.M.
· 06:00 6:00 A.M.
· 07:00 7:00 A.M.
· 08:00 8:00 A.M.
· 09:00 9:00 A.M.
· 10:00 10:00 A.M.
· 11:00 11:00 A.M.
· 12:00 12:00 P.M.
· 13:00 1:00 P.M.
· 14:00 2:00 P.M.
· 15:00 3:00 P.M.
· 16:00 4:00 P.M.
· 17:00 5:00 P.M.
· 18:00 6:00 P.M.
· 19:00 7:00 P.M.
· 20:00 8:00 P.M.
· 21:00 9:00 P.M.
· 22:00 10:00 P.M.
· 23:00 11:00 P.M.
· 00:00 Midnight

Many people feel that the 24 hour system has many advantages compared to the 12 hour system. For instance, in the 12 hour system, if you say “nine oclock” it could mean either nine o’clock P.M. or nine o’clock A.M. However, in the 24 hour system, there is no chance of confusing any of the times. Therefore the 24 hour military system is more defined and clearer to understand then the 12 hour system. In the United States Governement, there is no room for errors such as mistaking A.M. and P.M. The consequences of making a mistake like that may seem small, but when it comes to the battlefield, a mistake like that could be very deadly.