18:00 on a 24-hour clock is is 6:00 PM on a 12-hour clock. This system is used throughout the world (not just the military) and leverages a 24-hour time clock rather than the 12-hour AM/PM system known to most English speaking countries. Below are ways to convert 18:00 through a time chart, automated converter, and how to convert the 24 hour clock into a 12-hour AM/PM system by hand.
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24-hour time is used in aviation, military, meteorology, logistics, and other fields. The 12-hour clock is only used in 18 countries globally, including the United States and Canada.
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6:00 is the start of sundown. For certain Christian & Juedeo sectors who acknowledge the biblical sabbath, or the seventh day of the creation week, to rest and worship from “sundown to sundown”. How it is observed and interpreted changes by religion; however, 6:00 pm is generally thought to be used as the standard practice of sundown.
This brings a unique thought experiment for time - when does a day start and when does it end? In a scenario like honoring the sabbath, 6:00pm represents the beginning of a reflection period while also marking the end of one. Plus, 6 pm is not always the literal time when the sun sets below the horizon, begging the question, what do we represent as time?
It is easy to convert from 24-hour time to 12-hour time once you know a few tricks. The primary difference between the two is that the hours in a 24 hour clock go all the way up to 23 (from 0 to 23). In a 12-hour clock, the hour resets to 1 after noon (midday). Follow the steps below to convert 18:00 to 12-hour time.
24-hour time and military time are very similar! See our page on military time for more information.