The Romulan ranks were descended from the ancient Vulcan ranking system which was also used by the Vulcan military until the mid-22nd century. They bore some resemblance to various Earth ranking systems. The Tal Shiar used a different ranking system, although they were used interchangeably with the military ranks.

Romulan Guard Edit


Neral, 2368

Proconsul Neral in 2368, who rose from the lowly rank of uhlan

An uhlan was described as a "lowly" member of the Romulan Guard. (TNG: "Unification II")

Romulan militaryEdit



A general in 2375

General was more of a political position than a rank. (TNG: "Redemption")



An admiral in 2367

Admiral was a flag officer rank in the military. The position was known to be held by field commanders and ex-senators. (TNG: "The Defector";ENT: "United")


Romulan commander, 2266

A commander in 2266

Commander was equivalent to a Starfleet captain. (TNG: "Face of the Enemy")



A sub-commander in 2268

Trul (Sub-Commander)

A sub-commander in 2371

The rank of sub-commander was immediately below that of a commander. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")


Romulan Centurion

A centurion in 2266


A centurion in 2366

Centurion was a rank equal to that of lieutenant commander. (TNG: "The Enemy")


Alidar Jarok

Admiral Jarok impersonating a sublieutenant in 2366

Sublieutenant was one of the junior ranks in the military. (TNG: "The Defector")

Tal ShiarEdit



A colonel in 2371

Colonel was a rank reserved for senior members of the Tal Shiar. A colonel could command a fleet of Tal Shiar starships. (DS9: "The Die is Cast")


Rakal (Major)

Deanna Troi impersonating a major in 2368

Major was a lower rank in the Tal Shiar. A member of the Tal Shiar for only several months could gain this rank. (TNG: "Face of the Enemy")

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

Background information Edit

Given the rank of sublieutenant, there is presumably a lieutenant rank at some point in the Romulan military history. No Romulan has been referred to as a "Lieutenant" in Trek.

The script for TNG: "The Chase" refers to a "Romulan Captain," although this is not used on-screen. The existence of such a rank was (seemingly) discredited by Ensign DeSeve in TNG: "Face of the Enemy".

The ranks of centurion and uhlan are ancient Earth ranks (Roman and Polish respectively) not known to be used by any other Star Trek cultures. The reason for their use in the Romulan language or by the universal translator is unknown.

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