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

Romulan militaryEdit

GeneralEdit

Velal
A general in 2375

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


AdmiralEdit

Mendak
An admiral in 2367

Admiral was a flag officer rank in the Guard. Some ex-senators held this rank. (ENT: "United")


CommanderEdit

RomulanCommander2266
A commander in 2266

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


SubcommanderEdit

Tal
A subcommander in 2268
Trul (Subcommander)
A subcommander in 2371

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


CenturionEdit

TheCenturion
A centurion in 2266
Bochra
A centurion in 2366

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


SublieutenantEdit

Alidar Jarok
Admiral Jarok impersonating a sublieutenant in 2366

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


UhlanEdit

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

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


Tal ShiarEdit

ColonelEdit

Lovok
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")


MajorEdit

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.

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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 a captain rank is seemingly discredited by Ensign Stefan 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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