How can I validate date and time in one field?

I have a text box with a date/time picker, but the box is not read only. I need to use jquery or javascript to validate the date/time entered meets the following format: 09/19/2016 15:31

That is.. I need to validate input in the text box as mm/dd/yyyy [space] 24:hour time clock. Does anyone have experience with how I can do this? If so, do you have a code example? I'm thinking maybe a regular expression? Thank you.
earwig75Asked:
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Kim WalkerWeb Programmer/TechnicianCommented:
The following requires a two-digit hour and minute and will work for any date in the 21st century (2000-2099). It accepts both 00:00 and 24:00 as midnight.
var testdate = '09/19/2016 15:31',
    patt = /(0[1-9]|1[0-2])\/(0[1-9]|[12]\d|3[01])\/20\d\d (([01]\d|2[0-3]):[0-5]\d|24:00)/;
if (patt.test(testdate) ) {
    alert('Date format is correct!');
} else {
    alert('Incorrect date format. Please provide your date and time in mm/dd/20yy hh:mm 24-hour format.');
}

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It accepts 01 thru 31 for a day of the month regardless of what month it is. If you want to consider the month, it will get a bit more elaborate.

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earwig75Author Commented:
Please forgive my ignorance, but why is there a comma after your first line? I need to set the date equal to the value of a field. Below is what I am using, but it fails. Can you help?

var testdate = document.forms["myForm"]["dateTimeField"].value,
    patt = /(0[1-9]|1[0-2])\/(0[1-9]|[12]\d|3[01])\/20\d\d (([01]\d|2[0-3]):[0-5]\d|24:00)/;
if (patt.test(testdate) ) {
    alert('Date format is correct!');
} else {
    alert('Incorrect date format. Please provide your date and time in mm/dd/20yy hh:mm 24-hour format.');
}

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earwig75Author Commented:
Nevermind, I just needed the regular expression. I got it to work by using the below, thank you very much!
$('#test').submit(function(){
    var val = $('#myBox').val();
    if(/(0[1-9]|1[0-2])\/(0[1-9]|[12]\d|3[01])\/20\d\d (([01]\d|2[0-3]):[0-5]\d|24:00)/.test(val) == false) {
      alert("test");  
        return false;
    }
}
);

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Kim WalkerWeb Programmer/TechnicianCommented:
The comma was to separate the two variables I was declaring, testdate and patt.

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