I have presently been a member for over 16 years. Before that, my Dad signed me up when he became a member. He was a major in the Air Force and my hero. If he said it was the right thing to do, then I did it. My husband was also in the service, served in Viet Nam, but since he was elisted he couldn't join. That's when my dad signed us up - 44 years ago. I left for a short time, but ultimately came back.