France’s military time chart ‘more accurate’ than UK’s – Time
France’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) says its military time display is “more accurate” than the UK’s, but the country’s National Time Commission says it is “not yet accurate”.
The National Time Authority, an independent organisation, says the French military time charts have not been accurate since 2008.
In 2009, the NTA said the French army had been “overstated” in reporting the number of soldiers in France.
In 2011, the organisation said it had revised the figures to reflect that there were no fewer than 917,000 soldiers in the French Army.
The latest report says the number is up to 1.25 million.
French defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday the “difference between the French and UK military time tables is not yet accurate” because the UK military uses a different method to the French.
“The UK military is the only organisation that uses the formula for calculating time and this means that the time difference is only a small amount,” he said.
He added that he had asked the NTC to provide a revised report for his office.
But the NTR says it has not received the updated version, nor has it received a reply from the Ministry of Defence.
It said it would provide a “final report within a few days” on “the progress of the National Time Agency in its efforts to be accurate”.