I've been an AS/400 programmer for over 20 years. If it can be done on the iSeries, I can do. Management basically told me to drop everything, learn Java, write and maintain existing code in production. The two Java programmers/contractors here left - without giving notice - and now I'm responsible. Its not a homework assignment, it's real life, real time and real money.
Yes, I read what you wrote. What I didn't quickly pick up on was the use additional validation of the "H" vs "h" in the format. Now I do. The following is what I coded. Once again, thank you for your assistance. It was greatly appreciated.