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Why Military Date and Time

Annabelle41415's picture
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Yesterday no avatars and now all dates and times are posted in military style. Unless it's just mine I'd like to know how to change it back to civilian mode. Any ideas?


Lovekitties's picture
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Seems more 'games' with the site. At least this one is not a disruptive as those yesterday.

Military date and time make sorting data easier, but not the norm for we civilians.


PhillieG's picture
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It seems like they may be upgrading the system.
If it speeds things up in the end I don't personally care if they use the Chinese Calendar!
I would imagine that it could be changed once they fix the speed issues...

What about European Date Format???
"The European date format is something that creates a lot of confusion with visitors from the US. Being essentially ‘backwards’ by American standards, European date format can cause mix ups and problems with everything from arranging meeting times to running software.

Most Americans will be used to the date format that puts the month before the day. As such the third of December would be written as ‘12/03/2010’. In the European date format however the month and day are the other way around, e.g. ‘03/12/2010’."

Or we could enlist (or re-enlist)

Doc_Hawk's picture
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It's funny, I spent two years in England while in the Air Force and to this day (over 30 years later) I still tend to put the day in front of the month. Historians tend to do the same thing as well, so it's a habit that just gets reinforced. It does tend to create a bit of confusion when filling out medical and other types of forms.

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Military time eliminates all confusion. Time after 12 noon gets 12 added to it. So 1500 is 3:00 in the afternoon. No confusion with 0300, 3 in the morning. You can get used to it.

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Funny thing with military time, tho, is that there isn't a 00:00:00 at the stroke of midnight.

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As I"m sure you know,midnight is 2400 of the current day. A minute later is 00:01 of the next day.

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OMG please don't start using the metric system either!

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In the U,S, I weigh 143 lbs. In England its 10 stone 3.
In france I would be 65 Kilo. You can figure out the conversions! LOL

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