The Marines would actually like your coordinates in yet a different method,
that being the "Military Grid Reference System" or MGRS. In worse case, as
MGRS is based on "Universal Transverse Mercator" or UTM, that would do in a
pinch. This "doc" file located on an official U.S. Navy web site goes into
"Military Map Reading 201"
"This information paper is designed to resolve the confusion between the
Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) and the Military Grid Reference System
(MGRS) coordinates. The two systems are often used interchangeably, but
they are not the same. Most of our allies, intelligence databases, and many
software packages use the UTM system. The Army and Marine Corps proposed
the MGRS convention to simplify coordinate exchange for the soldier/marine
in the field. The aim of this paper is for users to understand both the UTM
and MGRS systems and be able pull coordinates on multiple scales of maps and
The MGRS system was designed to simplify the specification of position and
passing of coordinates for soldiers and marines. The MGRS system allows
users to abbreviate the 13-digit UTM coordinate, making it easier to use."
You should read the above referenced article in detail to learn on how to
convert UTM to MGRS, at least the next time you are heading to Honduras.
If you need any clarification, please feel free to ask.
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