Staff officers are to wear shoulder straps of the same description as prescribed for line officers with whom they assimilate, respectively, in rank, with the following exceptions as to centre devices:
In the medical corps, the anchor is omitted; in thepaymasters' corps, an oak sprig, in silver, is substituted; in the engineer corps, a device of four oak leaves, in silver, in the form of a cross, is substituted; for professors of mathematics, the letter P, in silver relief, on plain gold circle, is substituted; for naval constructors, a live oak sprig is substituted; for chaplains, a silver cross is substituted; for secretaries, the letter S, in silver, is substituted.
Midshipmen, third assistant engineers, and clerks, are not to wear straps.
Gunners, boatswains, carpenters and sailmakersare to have shoulder straps of plain gold lace, four inches long and three- quarters of an inch wide; the boatswain to have the letter B, and the carpenter the letter C, embroidered in silver, midway upon their straps.
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