Klingon Defence Force Ranks

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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.

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
File:KDFB-e6.png File:KDFR-e6.png
'aj
Admiral
File:KDFB-a2.png Sa'
General
File:KDFR-a2.png puvwI'
Master Sergeant
File:KDFB-e5.png File:KDFR-e5.png
bIng 'aj
Vice Admiral
File:KDFB-a1.png 'ech
Brigadier General
File:KDFR-a1.png SuvwI'
Sergeant
File:KDFB-e4.png File:KDFR-e4.png
HoD
Captain
File:KDFB-o6.png
Colonel
File:KDFR-o6.png Da'
Corporal
File:KDFB-e3.png File:KDFR-e3.png
la'
Commander
File:KDFB-o5.png
Lieutenant Colonel
File:KDFR-o5.png Bekk wa'DIch
Warrior First Class
File:KDFB-e2.png File:KDFR-e2.png
la' Hom
Lieutenant Commander
File:KDFB-o4.png
Major
File:KDFR-o4.png Bekk cha'DIch
Warrior Second Class
File:KDFB-e1.png File:KDFR-e1.png
Sogh
Lieutenant
File:KDFB-o3.png
Captain
File:KDFR-o3.png
SoghHom
Lieutenant JG
File:KDFB-o2.png Sogh wa'DIch
First Lieutenant
File:KDFR-o2.png
lagh
Ensign
File:KDFB-o1.png Sogh cha'DIch
Second Lieutenant
File:KDFR-o1.png