Military Time ConverterUpdated: January 3, 2023
The 24-hour clock, also known as military time, tells time by dividing the day into 24-hour increments, numbered 0000 to 2400. Military time differs from standard time, which uses numbers 1 through 12 and an a.m./p.m. designation to indicate time.
For example, 3:00 on a 12-hour clock could be 3:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. In military time, 3:00 a.m. is 0300, while 3:00 p.m. is 1500.
Below you can find a calculator to convert standard time to military time, military time charts and a printable version of the military time charts.
Military Time Converter
Use the military time converter to quickly convert standard time to military time and vice versa.
How to Use the Military Time Converter
Using the military time converter is simple. If you wish to convert standard time to military time, input the hour in the first box and the minute in the second box. Select if it is a.m. or p.m., then click “Convert.”
For converting military time to standard time, input the military time, excluding a colon. For example, 1400 would be the correct format.
Military Time Conversion Chart
|24-Hour Clock (Military Time)||12-Hour Cock (Standard Time)|
|0000 / 2400||12:00 a.m. / Midnight|
|1200||12:00 PM / Noon|
Printable Military Time Conversion Chart
If you’re on the go and need a printable version of the military time calculator, you can download either of these.
How to Manually Convert Military Time
Manually converting military time isn’t difficult but requires basic math.
To convert military time to standard time, take the number of hours and subtract 12. For example, 1300 = 13 hours. Take 13 – 12, which equals one or 1:00 p.m. For 1400, it’s 14 – 12, which equals two, or 2:00 p.m. Keep in mind this only applies to time after 1200 hours.
If you’re converting standard time to military, it’s the opposite. Add 12 instead of subtract, and you’ll have military time. For example, 4:00 p.m. to military time is 4 + 12, which equals 16, or 1600 hours.
Common Questions About Military Time
Below are common questions around calculating military time.
Does military time use a colon to separate hours and minutes?
Military time does not contain a colon or separator. For example, 5:00 a.m. standard time is written as 0500, not 05:00.
Is military time common outside of the U.S.?
The 24-hour clock is common in other countries for the same reason the U.S. military utilizes it: it prevents ambiguity and confusion, especially in high-stress environments. In many countries, the 24-hour clock is the primary method of telling time.
Does the military observe Daylight Savings Time?
The military observes Daylight Savings Time when it is recognized by the state or country where the time zone is being used.
How does the military identify time zones?
The military divided the world into 24 time zones and utilizes the phonetic alphabet to identify each time zone. Learn more about military time zones here.
Are minutes and seconds counted differently in military time?
Standard and military time express minutes and seconds in the same format. For example, 20:20 military time is 8:20 p.m. using a 12-hour clock notation. It is 20:20 (spelled out using two-zero-two-zero) using a 24-hour clock notation. Thus, 20:20 military time means that it has been 20 hours and 20 minutes since last midnight.