military time

  1. my husband frequently gets annoyed with me. He looks over to see what time my watch has and say "This damn military time is a crock!" Why can't we tell time like normal people he wants to know?

    What does he mean by normal time?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   bellehill
    Your guess is as good as mine, all my watches have 24hours on them. I hope he wasn't suggesting that we are not normal?!?!:wink2:
  4. by   misti_z
    I think he is saying that we are NOT normal.
  5. by   ptnurse
    When I started nursing the military time drove me crazy too. Then someone taught me an easy method to figure out how to use it. Early a.m. hours are easy 0100 is 1 a.m. etc until you get to 12noon. Then if you want to know what time say 6 p.m. is you add 12 noon plus 6 p.m. to get 18 or 1800 hours. 12 noon plus 10 p.m. equals 22 or 2200 hours. You get the idea. But for what it is worth, I am with your hubby. Military time is strange, but it helped me a lot when I understood how to work it
  6. by   mattcastens
    You might point out to him that in most of the world 24-hour time is the official standard. All official times for trains, planes, buses and media are listed on the 24-hour clock.

    Of course, the easy-to-understand metic system is the world standard, too, and that's never stopped the good ol' U-S-of-A.

    At least we don't weigh ourselves in Stone...
  7. by   DJrn
    NORMAL!!!??? I for one am not normal. And have no desire to be normal. Its too difficult.
  8. by   sharann
    Originally posted by DJrn
    NORMAL!!!??? I for one am not normal. And have no desire to be normal. Its too difficult.
    :roll
  9. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by ptnurse
    When I started nursing the military time drove me crazy too. Then someone taught me an easy method to figure out how to use it. Early a.m. hours are easy 0100 is 1 a.m. etc until you get to 12noon. Then if you want to know what time say 6 p.m. is you add 12 noon plus 6 p.m. to get 18 or 1800 hours. 12 noon plus 10 p.m. equals 22 or 2200 hours. You get the idea. But for what it is worth, I am with your hubby. Military time is strange, but it helped me a lot when I understood how to work it
    Hey, thanks ptnurse, I will remember that method !
  10. by   live4today
    Originally posted by DJrn
    NORMAL!!!??? I for one am not normal. And have no desire to be normal. Its too difficult.
    I agree wholeheartedly with you, DJrn. The last thing I am TODAY ESPECIALLY.........is NORMAL!
  11. by   kathkrn
    My boyfriend, parents and friends who were unfamiliar with the 24 hour clock, are now telling time the normal way. I can only tell time this way. I get confused when I wake up without my 24-hr watch within close view (I'm near-sighted). Especially when it's sunny etc. at 0700 and 1900!
  12. by   Jrob32
    In nursing school I had to answer a question in military time and I put 2040 hrs. I have always done it like this. The instructor marked it incorrect and said I should have left off hrs. Is this true for medical professionals?
  13. by   sairin8
    Quote from Jrob32
    In nursing school I had to answer a question in military time and I put 2040 hrs. I have always done it like this. The instructor marked it incorrect and said I should have left off hrs. Is this true for medical professionals?
    I do it both with and without the "hrs", depending on which would make it more clear
  14. by   MurseChris
    The "hrs" is redundant, but I wouldn't say it would make it "wrong" per say. Everyone would still know what you're talking about.

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