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Making Sense of Military Dates

The differences between the civilian and military date system

Just as you will be learning a new way of telling time, the military has their own way of annotating dates. This standardization ensures that all dates are understood correctly no matter who may be reading or writing them.

You may be used to using dates in the following format: Nov 28 2005

The military dating system uses the following format: 28 Nov 05

With months that you may normally spell out completely such as the month of July which is used in the following civilian example: July 28 2005

The military limits the number of letters used to abbreviate the month to 3 (three) as seen in the following military date example: 28 JUL 05