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The Cardassian ranking system was a hierarchical collective command structure, utilized by the Cardassian military, based on at least three known officer ranks.

In addition to their rank, the nature of their duties also defined their military hierarchy, in as far as an officer holding the title of "prefect", or one who served as the commanding officer of an Order. (DS9: "Emissary", et al.)

Legate

Legate Parn in 2370

Legate was a rank given to members of the Central Command and high-ranking flag officers. (DS9: "Cardassians", "Ties of Blood and Water", et al.)

This rank was presumably comparable to that of an admiral.

Gul

Gul Macet in 2367

Gul was a military rank held by the commander of a vessel or installation. (TNG: "The Wounded", et al.; DS9: "Emissary", et al.)

This rank was presumably comparable to that of a captain.

Glinn

Glinn Boheeka in 2370

Glinn was a rank below gul, and may be held by officers who served as a gul's aide. (TNG: "The Wounded", "Chain of Command, Part I", et al.)

This rank was presumably comparable to that of a lieutenant grade or less.

Trooper

Troopers were the lowest rank of soldier in the Cardassian military, comparable to a private.

After two Cardassians were taken prisoner by Federation colonists on Dorvan V in 2370, Gul Evek of the orbiting Vetar ordered his officer Glinn Telak to "[p]repare to send an armed squad of troopers to rescue them and to occupy the village." (TNG: "Journey's End")

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual names gil as the rank below glinn. Cardassian space stations such as Terok Nor were typically equipped with enough lifeboats for officers down to, and including, the rank of gil.

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Apocrypha

The Star Trek: Terok Nor novel Day of the Vipers introduces the ranks of dalin and dal (in between glinn and gul), and jagul (between gul and legate) and also refers to the rank of gil.

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