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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.

Fleet Admiral Edit

Krell (Admiral)

An Admiral in 2154.

During the 22nd century, the rank of Fleet Admiral existed, and was sometimes shortened to "Admiral".


General Edit

Martok

A General in 2375.

Generals were flag officers which fulfilled roles ranging from the commanding officer of a warship, to diplomat, to Supreme Commander of a fleet, to chief of staff.


Brigadier Edit

Kerla

A Brigadier in 2293.

A brigadier was a high ranking official who could handle the position of military advisor to the Chancellor, and could speak on behalf of the High Command. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)


Colonel Edit

Worf (Colonel)

A Colonel in 2293.

The colonel was high ranking position that could fulfill the role of advocate or serve as a diplomat.


Captain Edit

Kargan

A Captain in 2365.

Captains in the Klingon Defense Force commanded individual warships of all classes.

Korris, by his own admission was "Captain of the Klingon Defense Force," but was also referred to as "Commander Korris" by Starfleet in TNG: "Heart of Glory".


Commander Edit

Kor, 2266

A Commander in 2267.

Commanders in the Klingon Defense Force commanded individual ships of all classes of warship. An individual holding the rank of commander could also hold the position of military governor. (TOS: "Errand of Mercy")

While Kor was a commander by his own admission, he was also referred to as a "Captain Kor" by several non-Klingons in TAS: "The Time Trap".

Lieutenant Edit

Klag

A Lieutenant in 2365.

Lieutenant was a junior officer rank aboard warships.

On a Bird-of-Prey, a lieutenant could hold the position of second officer. (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor")

When confronted by an inquisitive lieutenant aboard the IKS Drovana, during an infiltration operation, lieutenant commander Worf – who was posing as a commander Sorval – rebuffed his line of questioning by stating, "I will not be questioned by a Lieutenant who should be cleaning my quarters." (DS9: "Sons of Mogh")


Sergeant Edit

Klingon sergeant

A sergeant in 2285.


Bekk Edit

Alexander Rozhenko, 2374

A Bekk in 2374.

Bekk was 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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