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In military and civilian service organizations of many intelligent cultures, rank (sometimes denoted by rank insignia on uniforms) is how the jobs of different personnel are organized in a hierarchy of authority.

Military ranks

In the history of several humanoid cultures, ranks have been used in naval organizations and other fighting forces. The ranking systems of Starfleet strongly resemble the United States armed forces with some of the rank pips and badges successors to United States military insignia.

Other cultures have a variety of different titles and ranks, based on different languages and social characteristics. The Bajoran Militia and the Klingon Defense Force use ranks equivalent to the planet Earth's naval and ground forces.

Standard naval ranks

Standard infantry ranks

This is a representative selection of ranks is based on several military rank structures used by various species' cultures.

This list contains links to only those ranks that have been mentioned or seen in canon Star Trek productions.

Other grades

The Star Trek Encyclopedia describes this rank as equivalent to that of "warrant officer".

Honorary ranks

An honorary rank was one given by Starfleet without earning it by the usual methods.

Ari bn Bem was made an honorary commander. (TAS: "Bem")

When William T. Riker first encountered Data, he asked him if his rank of lieutenant commander was merely honorary. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

Police ranks

Political and diplomatic ranks

Religious ranks

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