Terran ranks are a part of the terran military structure. The Terran Confederacy, Raynor's Raiders, the Terran Dominion, the United Earth Directorate and many other terran forces use ranks which appear similar to 21st century United States military ranks.

Military personnel are divided into two broad categories: enlisted men and commissioned officers, with the latter outranking the former. Outside of these structures are warrant officers.

Some spacecraft are commanded by officers who use old Air Force rank names (e.g. Wraith pilots such as Colonel Tom Kazansky) whereas other spacecraft are commanded by officers using old naval rank names (e.g. battlecruiser commanders, which use the British navy term "commodore"). Dropships are often piloted by warrant officers; typically a 21st century transport helicopter would be commanded or piloted by a captain but are often commanded or piloted by warrant officers.

Science vessel commanders usually use the old army rank of major, but Magellan is ranked commodore (an old navy rank); these ranks are visible if the science vessel is affected by the Lockdown ability.

The term Lance Corporal appears to be used in a different way in the Confederate Marine Corps; instead, the equivalent army rank Private First Class was used.[1] The rank still existed during the Guild Wars.[2]

The term commander is often used instead of a rank. Commander Brantigan Fole was the commander of the 33rd Ground Assault Division,[3] a position which would be held by a major general in real life (commander is a naval rank). Fole was regarded as a major general shortly after the war.[4]

Rank ListingsEdit

Ranks for standard "unit types" are from StarCraft I; StarCraft II uses a different system.

Commissioned OfficersEdit

Army RanksEdit

Captain can be both a naval rank and an army rank. As a navy rank, O-6, it is a high rank. As an army rank, O-3, it is a relatively low rank. Wraith pilots would be expected to have a low rank. Tom Kazansky, a heroic Wraith, holds the army rank of colonel, which, as O-6, is the same as a navy rank.

In real life, Air Force pilots usually use army ranks, whereas Navy pilots usually use navy ranks.

Lieutenant can be both a naval rank and an army rank. As a navy rank, it can refer to an O-2 "lieutenant junior grade" or O-3 "lieutenant". Male navy officers of rank lieutenant and below are often referred to as "mister". As an army rank, it can refer to an O-1 "second lieutenant" or an O-2 "first lieutenant".

Navy RanksEdit

Admirals of any rank (rear (lower half), rear (upper half), vice and "full", are usually simply referred to as "admiral".)

Commodore is equivalent to the rear admiral ranks.

Warrant OfficersEdit

Warrant officers hold a position between that of commissioned officers and those of enlisted men. In real-life there are 10 warrant officer ranks, simply referred to as Warrant Officer 1, Warrant Officer 2, etc.

Non-commissioned OfficersEdit

Army RanksEdit

Navy RanksEdit

In the real-life US Marine Corps, medical personnel, called corpsmen, actually come from the Navy. This is reflected in StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils, when Petty Officer Cassidy, works with a marine platoon.

Law Enforcement RanksEdit

Kel-Morian RanksEdit

The military was organized along corporate lines.[2]

  • Overseer
  • Assistant Overseer
  • Guildmaster
  • Foreman
  • Taskmaster


  1. Hickman, Tracy (May 21, 2002). StarCraft: Speed of Darkness. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04150-9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dietz, William C. (April 6, 2010). StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1-4165-5084-6
  3. McNeill, Graham (December 30, 2008). StarCraft: I, Mengsk. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 1416-55083-6.
  4. Neilson, Micky (December 18, 2000). StarCraft: Uprising. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0743-41898-0 (eBook).


  1. While dropships were usually commanded by warrant officers in the game StarCraft, in lore they were generally commanded by captains, according to various sources.