Military rule may mean:
- Military law, the legal system applying to members of the armed forces
- Martial law, where military authority takes over normal administration of law
- Militarism or militarist ideology - the ideology of government as best served when under military control
- Military occupation, when a country or area is occupied after invasion.
- Police state, where people's lives are subject to constant and often covert police surveillance
- Military dictatorship, a form of government where political power resides with the military
- Military junta ("junta," from Spanish meaning "together")
- khakistocracy, where the military regime colludes with the elite and industrial classes for perpetuating their rule
- Military tribunal
Military rule may also be:
- When a military applies a court-martial and non-judicial punishment
- When specific laws are applied in a military context as in the United States Uniform Code of Military Justice by the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG)
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