Members of the Cardassian military trained at the Cardassian Military Academy. From the 19th century until 2372, the Cardassian military's authority came from the Cardassian Central Command. When the Central Command was overthrown by the Cardassian dissident movement, Gul Dukat served as the military's liaison to the civilian Detapa Council. (DS9: "Duet", "Defiant", "The Way of the Warrior") The Cardassian military included the Cardassian Science Ministry. (DS9: "Destiny")
After the Second Battle of Deep Space 9, Dukat lost his status as leader of the Cardassian people. His successor, Legate Damar, had limited control over the Cardassian military, since Weyoun and the Female Changeling often overrode his military decisions.
When Damar decided to rebel against the Dominion oppressors, Legate Broca was appointed leader of Cardassia. Unlike the two previous Cardassian leaders, Broca allowed Weyoun and the Female Changeling to control the Cardassian military at their discretion, simply carrying out their orders. (DS9: "Penumbra", "'Til Death Do Us Part", "Strange Bedfellows", "What You Leave Behind")
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