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The rank system of the Klingon Defense Force bears some resemblance to various Earth ranking systems. A ceremonial sash of varying design and material is worn by commanding Klingon warriors to show rank and status in society. The sash can be made of many materials, most commonly of gold thread or silver metal, such as those worn by Worf and Martok. On the upper section of the sash is an emblem of their House affiliation and various other decorations.

General Edit


A General in 2375.

Klingon Generals were Flag officers with much the same duties as Starfleet Admirals.

Fleet Admiral Edit

Krell (Admiral)

An Admiral in 2154.

In the 22nd century, the rank of Fleet Admiral existed, it was sometimes shortened to Admiral.

Brigadier Edit


A Brigadier in 2293.

Brigadiers were high ranking officials in the Klingon Military. Their exact duties are unclear as the only one seen on screen was a military advisor to Chancellor Gorkon.

Commander Edit

Kor, 2266

A Commander in 2267.

Captain Edit


A Captain in 2365.

Captains in the Klingon Defense Force were in command of individual ships (such as Birds-of-Prey).

Colonel Edit

Worf (Colonel)

A Colonel in 2293.

The place of Colonel in the Klingon ranks structure is unclear.

Lieutenant Edit


A Lieutenant in 2365.

Lieutenant is approximately equal to the Starfleet equivalent.

Sergeant Edit

Klingon sergeant

A sergeant in 2285.

Bekk Edit

Alexander Rozhenko, 2374

A Bekk in 2374.

A Bekk is also commonly referred to as a "warrior." It is the lowest rank in the Klingon Defense Force.

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

Appendix Edit

Background information Edit

This rank system combines army ranks (general, brigadier, colonel and possibly captain and lieutenant) with navy terminology (ship captains, commanders, and lieutenants). It was never mentioned if the Klingon Defense Force was a combined service (with colonel being equivalent to ship captain), or if their rank name terminology simply translates oddly compared to Earth systems.

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