In communications messages, a date-time group (DTG) is a set of characters, usually in a prescribed format, used to express the year, the month, the day of the month, the hour of the day, the minute of the hour, and the time zone, if different from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The order in which these elements are presented may vary. The DTG is usually placed in the header of the message. One example is "09:42 Nov 19, 2016 (UTC)".
The DTG may be used as a message identifier if it is unique for each message.
The DTG is used in message traffic. EXAMPLE: 091630Z JUL 11 represents 1630 UTC on 9 July 2011.
- ACP 121(I) p 3-7