Military Time Zone Codes and Abbreviations

Military time zones are used worldwide for both military and civilian purposes. They represent each of the twenty four time zones in use around the world, including Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which is represented by the Zulu Time Zone.

The current assignment of time zone names is based upon the NATO phonetic alphabet. This system has helped to eliminate some confusion which resulted in previous proposals. Each time zone name corresponds to a unique one character letter assigned to that time zone. However, because some letters such as "D and B" or "M and N" could be easily confused in verbal communications, the time zone name itself is most often used. So in this example Delta would be used when referring to UTC + 4 rather than the letter "D."

The current assignment of codes is in use by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with some slight variations, and most military organizations.

CODE MILITARY TIME ZONE CODES AND ABBREVIATIONS UTC OFFSET
A ALPHA TIME ZONE UTC + 1
B BRAVO TIME ZONE UTC + 2
C CHARLIE TIME ZONE UTC + 3
D DELTA TIME ZONE UTC + 4
E ECHO TIME ZONE UTC + 5
F FOXTROT TIME ZONE UTC + 6
G GOLF TIME ZONE UTC + 7
H HOTEL TIME ZONE UTC + 8
I INDIA TIME ZONE UTC + 9
K KILO TIME ZONE UTC +10
L LIMA TIME ZONE UTC + 11
M MIKE TIME ZONE UTC + 12
Z ZULU TIME ZONE UTC + 0
N NOVEMBER TIME ZONE UTC - 1
O OSCAR TIME ZONE UTC - 2
P PAPA TIME ZONE UTC - 3
Q QUEBEC TIME ZONE UTC - 4
R ROMEO TIME ZONE UTC - 5
S SIERRA TIME ZONE UTC - 6
T TANGO TIME ZONE UTC - 7
U UNIFORM TIME ZONE UTC - 8
V VICTOR TIME ZONE UTC - 9
W WHISKEY TIME ZONE UTC - 10
X X-RAY TIME ZONE UTC - 11
Y YANKEE TIME ZONE UTC - 12



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