Klingon Defense Force Ranks

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This article is official Star Trek canon.

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. On the upper section of the sash is an emblem of their House affiliation and various other decorations.

Klingon warriors wear a circular pip with a unique design contained within on the left side of their neck in order to display their rank on the uniforms of the Klingon Defence Forces. The right side displayed a similar pip with the specific branch of the Defence Forces the individual belonged to - Navy or Ground Forces. These pips are worn on the tube-like collar of the uniforms. However, the command structure of the KDF is rather blurred when compared with Starfleet's, as Klingon Generals - such as Martok - were capable of commanding both naval and ground forces simultaneously.

Enlisted ranks in the Klingon Defense Forces share the same nomenclature, but still display separate insignias dependant upon the warrior's branch of service.

Branch Insignia
Navy Ground Forces
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Current Rank Charts

Klingon ranks have changed and evolved little over time, though the method of displaying them often has. Below are the most current rank insignias in use by the Klingon Defence Forces, displaying where possible both the original Klingon and the Federation Basic translation.

Officer Enlisted
Navy Ground Forces Navy Ground Forces
Rank Name Rank Insignia Rank Name Rank Insignia Rank Name Rank Insignia Rank Insignia
yo' 'aj
Fleet Admiral
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Sergeant Major
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'aj
Admiral
KDFB-a2.png Sa'
General
KDFR-a2.png puvwI'
Master Sergeant
KDFB-e5.png KDFR-e5.png
bIng 'aj
Vice Admiral
KDFB-a1.png 'ech
Brigadier General
KDFR-a1.png SuvwI'
Sergeant
KDFB-e4.png KDFR-e4.png
HoD
Captain
KDFB-o6.png
Colonel
KDFR-o6.png Da'
Corporal
KDFB-e3.png KDFR-e3.png
la'
Commander
KDFB-o5.png
Lieutenant Colonel
KDFR-o5.png Bekk wa'DIch
Warrior First Class
KDFB-e2.png KDFR-e2.png
la' Hom
Lieutenant Commander
KDFB-o4.png
Major
KDFR-o4.png Bekk cha'DIch
Warrior Second Class
KDFB-e1.png KDFR-e1.png
Sogh
Lieutenant
KDFB-o3.png
Captain
KDFR-o3.png
SoghHom
Lieutenant JG
KDFB-o2.png Sogh wa'DIch
First Lieutenant
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lagh
Ensign
KDFB-o1.png Sogh cha'DIch
Second Lieutenant
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