General Order No. 123

Navy Department,
Washington, April 27, 1869.

[Uniform Change for Masters, Ensigns & Midshipmen Upon Graduation]

Masters, ensigns, and midshipmen, after graduation will wear, in lieu of should-straps or epaulets, gold-embroidered should-loops, as per patterns. These can also be worn on the undress frock-coat, either on duty or on other occasions. Midshipmen (after graduation) will wear on collar of full-dress coat a cord of the same pattern as that now worn on the jacket, and will dispense with the cord on the jacket. The full-dress sword belts of the different grades below the rank of commodore will be of blue webbing, with gold cord woven in, as per patterns.

A.E. Borie,
Secretary of the Navy.