So you are 31 years old and decide to buy a life membership. How long until you break even vs. paying your dues as a continuous member? About 20 years given the low interest rates. That sounds like a longtime, but since I’ve been a member since 1969, I’ve made quite a few dollars on my Life membership. It’s something everyone who is a continuous member should consider. If you need assistance in making the Life Membership payments, let the Quartermaster know.