Kira grew up during the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor and joined the Shakaar, a cell of the Bajoran Resistance, at age twelve. When the Occupation ended in 2369, Kira joined the Bajoran Militia and was assigned to Deep Space 9 as Benjamin Sisko's first officer and as a liaison between Bajor and the Federation. Kira served as first officer for seven years until the end of the Dominion War, when command of Deep Space 9 passed to her. Kira joined Starfleet with the rank of captain when Bajor joined the Federation in 2376. Several years later, Kira resigned from Starfleet and joined the Bajoran religion, eventually becoming a Vedek. Presumed killed in 2383, Kira was actually sent back to the year 2377 by the Prophets, before being returned to the 2380s in 2386. .