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JAG - What Time Is It, Really?
At each change of scene, the locale and time are posted across the bottom of the screen in high tech-looking green letters, with the time given in the military-style 24-hour format, with the "Zulu" designation to define locale. The trouble is, "Zulu" means Greenwich Mean Time, and the time designated for the scenes is always the local time, which the military designates as "Lima". Do the show's producers really wants us to always know what time it is in London? If so, they are usually wrong, unless the action in the scene happens to be taking place in that time zone!
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Contributed By: The Dread Pirate Roberts on 11-30-2000 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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D.C. writes:
The reason they use Zulu time rather than Lima time is because all actual military reporting is done using Zulu in order to standardize reporting regardless of where you are on the globe. JAG probably uses this because it is more official and because different scenes often take place in different time zones. If it bothers you, ignore it!
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S writes:
Actually the time is correct. To get Eastern Standard Time out of ZULU time, you must first subtract 5 hours, then treat it like normal military time. There is a different amount a hours you must subtract to get the correct time, depending on which time zone you are in.
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V2 writes:
Also,you need to take into consideration daylight savings time.
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