The Earth Force Military tends to mix-and-match their ranks, but they're generally recognizable:

  • Sinclair is a Commander
  • Sheridan is a Captain
  • Ivonava starts as a Lt. Commander and is promoted to Commander
  • Franklin's father is a General
  • Krantz is a Major

and so on. We see that Garibaldi is in EarthForce and must therefore have a rank, but he's only ever referred to as "Security Chief", which is his position.

What rank does he hold?

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Michael's EarthForce rank is Chief Warrant Officer.

Sheridan: This is Captain John J. Sheridan. Serial number XO7Y39-Alpha. Security code: obsidian.

Ivanova: This is Commander Susan Ivanova. Serial number Z48M27-Epsilon. Security code: griffin.

Michael Garibaldi: This is Chief Warrant Officer Michael Garibaldi. Serial number V17L98. Security code: peekaboo.

Ceremonies of Light and Dark

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    SF writers have had a distressingly poor grasp of military rank ever since the post-WW2-era writers writers aged enough for the Next Generation of writers to appear...
    – RonJohn
    Commented Feb 5, 2018 at 19:11

He holds the rank of Chief Warrant Officer for the first four seasons. Then he works as Director of Covert Intelligence for the Interstellar Alliance.

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    And what episode is that specified in?
    – Kidburla
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 15:09

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