Degrees to Mils (NATO) Conversion
Enter the angle in degrees below to get the value converted to mils (NATO).
How to Convert Degrees to Mils (NATO)
To convert a degree measurement to a mil measurement, multiply the angle by the conversion ratio. One degree is equal to 17.777778 mils (NATO), so use this simple formula to convert:
The angle in mils (NATO) is equal to the degrees multiplied by 17.777778.
Degrees and mils (NATO) are both units used to measure angle. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.
A degree is a measure of angle equal to 1/360th of a revolution, or circle. The number 360 has 24 divisors, making it a fairly easy number to work with. There are also 360 days in the Persian calendar year, and many theorize that early astronomers used 1 degree per day.
The degree is an SI accepted unit for angle for use with the metric system. A degree is sometimes also referred to as a degree of arc, arc degree, or arcdegree. Degrees can be abbreviated as °, and are also sometimes abbreviated as deg. For example, 1 degree can be written as 1° or 1 deg.
Degrees can also be expressed using minutes and seconds as an alternative to using the decimal form. Minutes and seconds are expressed using the prime (′) and double-prime (″) characters, although a single-quote and double-quote are often used for convenience.
One minute is equal to 1/60th of a degree, and one second is equal to 1/60th of a minute.
Protractors are commonly used to measure angles in degrees. They are semi-circle or full-circle devices with degree markings allowing a user to measure an angle in degrees. Learn more about how to use a protractor or download a printable protractor.
A mil, short for milliradian, is equal to 1/6,400 of a circle. The mil used by the US military and NATO forces is slightly different than the true value of a milliradian, which is equal to 1/6,283 of a circle.
During World War I the US adopted what is now the NATO mil to replace degrees and minutes for use in artillery sights. They opted to round mils to 6,400 per circle for simplicity at the time. Today, the mil is commonly used to measure adjustment of sights and scopes of firearms.
There is rightfully much confusion as a result of the mil adopted by the US military and NATO being slightly different than the milliradian.
A mil is sometimes also referred to as an angular mil. Mils (NATO) can be abbreviated as mil; for example, 1 mil can be written as 1 mil.
Degree to Mil Conversion Table
- Collins Dictionary, Definition of 'degree', https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/degree