Could I receive credit for military service rendered prior to becoming a public employee?

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Veterans are allowed to purchase up to four years of creditable service corresponding to their military service.  Please see the definition of veteran under the section of the “Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Guide for Public Employees…” entitled “Retirement Allowance.” For each year of military service sought, an eligible member is required to pay ten percent of the regular annual compensation that he or she was being paid upon entering the retirement system.