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Brown’s records from Guard released

Much information has been withheld

WASHINGTON - As a 24-year-old ROTC cadet in 1983, Scott P. Brown was lauded by his commander for his “soldierly bearing,’’ “impeccable appearance,’’ and a “professional competence [that] has earned him the respect of his superiors and provided a worthy example for his subordinates.’’

Yet newly released records detailing the Republican senator’s more than 30 years in uniform have been heavily excised by the National Guard to protect his privacy and do not shed light on other periods, such as when he says he was told he had to leave the service for not completing required training, then was reinstated. Nor do they reveal whether the early accolades he earned were reflected in subsequent evaluations of his performance.

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