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The Cardassian rank system was based on at least three known ranks (legate, gul, and glinn). While it is assumed that Cardassians could hold the same rank, it was the nature of their duties that defined their military hierarchy (e.g. prefect of a territory, commander of an Order, etc.).

Legate Edit


Legate Parn in 2370

Legate was a rank given to members of the Central Command and high-ranking flag officers in the Cardassian military. This rank was considered similar to that of admiral in the Starfleet Command hierarchy.

Gul Edit


Gul Macet in 2367


Gul Madred in 2369

"I prefer the title "Gul". So much more hands-on than Legate. And less pretentious than the other alternatives, President, Emperor, First Minister... Emissary."

Gul was a military rank held by the commander of a vessel or installation. Guls may have had additional responsibilities, such as leading an Order, or acting as governor of an occupied territory. (DS9: "The Maquis, Part I", "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night") This rank was considered similar to that of captain in the Starfleet Command hierarchy.

A ship's gul routinely took a cut of the profits from the cargo that his or her ship was transporting. Guls were often expected to entertain guests aboard their ships. (DS9: "Return to Grace")

Glinn Edit


Glinn Boheeka in 2370

Glinn was a military rank below gul. Glinns sometimes served as first officers under a gul's command. Often, two glinns reported to a gul.

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual lists another Cardassian rank below glinn, that of "gil," presumably a low officer grade or noncom rank. Cardassian space stations such as Terok Nor were typically equipped with enough lifeboats for officers down to, and including, the rank of gil. The Star Trek: Terok Nor novel Day of the Vipers introduces the ranks of dalin and dal (in between glinn and gul), and jagul (between gul and legate) and also refers to the rank of gil.

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