Military time might seem intimidating if you don’t already know it yet, but the good thing is that it’s actually really easy to learn. With one simple trick you’ll know that 1400 is 2pm. Why should you learn military time? Well understanding it is a fundamental skill everyone in the Air Force should know, so learn it here in under a minute with this easy to use military time chart.

Military Time

Normal Time 2pm

While in the armed forces there will be a number of instances you’ll need to know military time. Anytime you’re required to go to an appointment (there will be numerous appointments over your career) the time will be given in military time.

Maybe you’ll work on the flight line which operates 24/7 and you need to know what time to start work. Is it 6am or 6pm? Military time eliminates the confusion with a 24 hour clock.

How to tell what time it is will be explained to you in basic training but do you really want to be hesitantly learning it while your instructor asks you what time it is? Getting it wrong could lead to burpees and push-ups. Go into basic  confidently knowing it already.

Look at the military time chart to get familiar with seeing the conversions. In order to know what time it is basically you’re just subtracting 12 from the first two digits of the stated military time. the first two digits are for the hour and the last two digits are for the minutes. Take 1600 for example, 1600 becomes 4pm after subtracting 12. It’s as simple as that.

Now not everyone is quick on their feet with math so if you are one of those people keep it even simpler and cut the math in half with this method. From 1300 to 1900 instead of subtracting 12 you can drop the 1 on the first digit and just subtract 2 on the second digit to convert it, in this example 1300 becomes 1pm. Now for 2000 to 2300 continue to subtract 12 or just memorize the military time and it’s conversion. There’s no way around that.

What Time is This?

Learn Military Time Fast

Now you know how to tell military time and it took less than a minute to learn. If you wanna take it a step further you could even change the time on your phone to the 24 hour clock. Then after a while of doing it you wouldn’t have to subtract 12 and convert the time, you’d automatically know it. Comment below if you are gonna change your phone to the 24 hour clock.

Corey Porter

Corey Porter

Air Force Veteran

Corey is an Air Force veteran and the lead writer at Basic to Blues. He refueled fighter jets as a young airman and deployed twice to the Middle East. Now Corey can be found hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

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