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Q: Pronouncing times from 00:00 to 00:59 ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Pronouncing times from 00:00 to 00:59
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Asked by: nsevs-ga
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Posted: 02 May 2006 00:27 PDT
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When using 24-hour time, I know how to pronounce most times: 01:34 is
"(oh) one thirty-four," 14:00 is "fourteen hundred," and 22:06 is
"twenty-two oh six."

Times from the first hour of the day are a little more tricky. Is
there a standard way to pronounce times from 00:00 to 00:59?
Subject: Re: Pronouncing times from 00:00 to 00:59
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 02 May 2006 01:18 PDT
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Dear nsevs-ga,

If you wish to be strict in your use of the 24 hour clock to avoid any
confusion, each individual number should be clearly pronounced. O
should be pronounced as Zero. So, 00:01 is zero zero zero one. 00:15
is zero zero one five. In radio communications, this method is used
throughout the whole of the 24 hours.

Away from radio communications there is then divergence. Personally, I
use zero, but I was trained in radio communications. I know that Oh is
sometimes used instead of zero by ?civilians?. I have discovered that
the US coastguard refers to ?zero, zero, fifteen.? and as you?ve
observed, there is fourteen hundred, fourteen thirty six, etc. etc.

So, strictly it should be pronounced by individual numbers, but in
practise there is quite a wide variation.

?VHF radio communications
(0001 hrs) ? ?ZERO ZERO ZERO ONE? ?

Military family support unit guide to military time
?You use 0015, and you pronounce it "zero-zero-one-five." (12:15AM)?

FAA guide to Radio and Interphone Communications 
Section C - time

?A reference may be made to local daylight or standard time utilizing
the 24-hour clock system. The hour is indicated by the first two
figures and the minutes by the last two figures.
0000 zero zero zero zero
0920 zero niner two zero?

US Coast Guard - training overview.
?For example, fifteen minutes past midnight is written as 0015 and
spoken as ?zero, zero, fifteen.? One thirty in the morning is written
as 0130 and spoken as ?zero, one-thirty.? ?

Emergency Procedures - Texas State.
?0001  	One minute after midnight (zero zero zero one)
0015 	Quarter past midnight (zero zero one five)
0045 	45 minutes past midnight (zero zero four five)?

General article on military time.

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