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.
Secretary of the Navy.