Klingon Defence Force Ranks
The rank system of the Klingon Defence 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 Defence Forces share the same nomenclature, but still display separate insignias dependant upon the warrior's branch of service.
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.