Military time uses a very unique two-digit number to label each of your twenty-four-hour days on a calendar so that you can keep to your regular timekeeping schedule but keep an eye on your military time. Under this method, midnight is always zero hours. For example, if your military time clock shows 8:00 a.m., you are to wear pants and a shirt to go to work and then do your duty at eight o’clock in the morning. If the military time clock in your office is showing 6:00 a.m., you should wear a shirt and pants to go to work and then do your duty at six o’clock in the morning.
All military time written on a calendar is considered military time. Regardless of what country you are serving in, military time is always written as “military minutes”. This means that all of your financial records will use fractions of a second instead of one-hundredths of a second.
If you are a military time collector, you will need a conversion table so that you can convert military time to the appropriate fraction. The table will also tell you what type of conversion to make to your own time system. Most collectors are more comfortable dealing with the United States Army Time (USD), United States Marine Time (SMT) or British War Zone (BWZ) time systems. Collectors may also deal with German or Japanese time or even Canadian military time. The collectors who deal with military time will want a conversion table that has both the United States and European military time conversions.
One of the things that you will want to know when learning about the military time convention is how to read military time and the various conversions. One conversion is for each of the four-time zones. Your clock is typically set to show the local time plus one minute of military time. For example, if your clock reads “2nd July 2021”, this represents military time zone one. Another conversion is to show the local time in either Eastern or Central. This shows the local time in the respective areas.
The United States Navy used digital watches called timepieces to display their time. Digital timepieces included a stopwatch and a chronograph. Digital watches are no longer used by the military. It is unknown when or why they were discontinued, but they most likely were replaced with military timepieces of some sort.
If you do not know how to read the military time would be better explained by discussing it with someone who would know. Most collectors of military time would rather have someone who knows how to read it explain it to them rather than explain it to them themselves. There are many books that have been written on the subject of military time and its different systems. You could also find websites that explain different time units and their conversions from military time. A trip to your local library could turn up some of these books.