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



A Legate in 2370

Legate is a rank given to members of the Central Command and high-ranking flag officers in the Cardassian military.



A Gul in 2367


A Gul in 2369

Gul is a military rank held by the commander of a vessel or installation. Guls may have 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")

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



A Glinn in 2370

Glinn is a military rank below gul. Glinns are often seen serving as first officer and Damar was promoted directly from glinn to gul, so it seems likely they are mid-ranking officers, equivalent to a Starfleet commander. Oftentimes, two glinns will report to a gul.

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual lists another Cardassian rank below glinn, "gil," presumably a low officer grade or noncom rank. Cardassian space stations such as Terok Nor are 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, dal and jagul and also refers to the rank of gil.

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This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

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