Military Time Conversion & Time Zones Charts

A Military Time Conversion chart, Military Time Zones chart and easy to follow guide on how to read, speak and use military time.

Military Time Zones Chart

Zone Letter
Zone Name
Time Offset
Major City
AAlphaGMT + 1 HourParis, France
BBravoGMT + 2 HoursAthens, Greece
CCharlieGMT + 3 HoursMoscow, Russia
DDeltaGMT + 4 HoursKabul, Afghanistan
EEchoGMT + 5 HoursNew Delhi, India
FFoxtrotGMT + 6 HoursDhanka, Bangladesh
GGolfGMT + 7 HoursBangkok, Thailand
HHotelGMT + 8 HoursBeijing, China
IIndiaGMT + 9 HoursTokyo, Japan
JJulieLocal TimeLocal Time Zone
KKiloGMT + 10 HoursSidney, Australia
LLimaGMT + 11 HoursHoniara, Solomon Islands
MMikeGMT + 12 HoursWellington, New Zealand
NNovemberGMT - 1 HourAzores
OOscarGMT - 2 HoursGodthab, Greenland
PPapaGMT - 3 HoursBuenos Aires, Argentina
QQuebecGMT - 4 HoursHalifax, Nova Scotia
RRomeoGMT - 5 HoursNew York, NY United States
SSierraGMT - 6 HoursDallas, TX United States
TTangoGMT - 7 HoursDenver, CO United States
UUniformGMT - 8 HoursLos Angeles, CA United States
VVictorGMT - 9 HoursJuneau, AK United States
WWhiskeyGMT - 10 HoursHonolulu, HI United States
XX-RayGMT - 11 HoursNome, AK United States
YYankeeGMT - 12 HoursSuva, Fiji
ZZuluGMT (Universal Time)Greenwich, England

 
Printable version of the Military Time Zones Chart.
 

Military Time Conversion Chart

Military Time
Standard Time
Military Time
Standard Time
0000 / 240012:00 AM / Midnight120012:00 PM / Noon
01001:00 AM13001:00 PM
02002:00 AM14002:00 PM
03003:00 AM15003:00 PM
04004:00 AM16004:00 PM
05005:00 AM17005:00 PM
06006:00 AM18006:00 PM
07007:00 AM19007:00 PM
08008:00 AM20008:00 PM
09009:00 AM21009:00 PM
100010:00 AM220010:00 PM
110011:00 AM230011:00 PM

 
Printable version of the Military Time Conversion Chart.
 

  • Military time is based on a 24-hour clock beginning at midnight (0000 hours) and ends at 2359 hours. Military time format eliminates the need for using A.M. and P.M. designations as regular time uses numbers 1 to 12 to identify the hours in a day. In Military Time 12 P.M. is 1200 hours, 1 P.M. is 1300 hours up until 11 P.M where it is 2300 hours.
  • The military uses this standard as it leaves less room for confusion than Standard Time.
  • The world is divided into 24 military time zones and each military zone is designated a letter and the military phonetic alphabet word.
  • The time zone for Greenwich, England is the letter “Z” and the military phonetic word is “Zulu”. Since many U.S. military operations must be coordinated across times zones the military uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as the standard time. The U.S. Military refers to this as Zulu (Z) time and will attach the suffix to ensure the referred time zone is clear.
  • When referring to a specific military time zone the letter or word is attached or spoken. For instance, if a military exercise is beginning at 3:00 P.M. Zulu time, it would be spoken as “fifteen hundred hours Zulu time” and written as 1500Z.
  • The time zones from the United States are R – X (Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-Ray)
  • Local time is designated with the letter J or Juliet. Written format for 9 A.M. is 0900J and spoken is “Zero 900 hours Juliet time”
  • The military observes Daylight Savings Time when using local when it is recognized by the state or country where the time zone is being used.
  • When using local time, the Military observes Daylight Savings Time, if recognized by the state or country that the base is located in.
  • The 12 time zones West of the Zulu time zone (Greenwich Mean Time), starting from the International date line and ending in the Pacific Ocean are November through Yankee.
  • The 12 time zones East of the Zulu time zone (GMT), starting at the International date line and ending in the Pacific Ocean are Alpha through Mike.
  • 12 A.M. is often referred to as both 0000 and 2400 hours. However, Clocks that display Military Time always display it as 0000.
  • Many countries use Military Time as their main time format such as countries in Europe and man in African, Asian and Latin American countries. In some countries both are used.
  • Standard and military time express minutes and seconds in the same format.
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