A retired US Marine Corps officer, John Guandolo supports a number of charitable military organizations, among them the American Legion. John Guandolo helps this organization sponsor its National Junior Law Cadet program, a community program geared towards instilling respect for law enforcement officials in the country’s youth.
Established in 1985 at the American Legion National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Junior Law Cadet program seeks to build patriotism among young people and help them become better citizens by respecting US laws. Every year, 17 American Legion departments around the country, in conjunction with local sheriff and police departments as well as police academies, host a week-long junior cadet program. Attendees learn in-depth information about law enforcement technologies and procedures, and are able to witness the daily activities of police academy cadets. Junior cadets in the program also participate in physical fitness training and learn survival techniques and defensive maneuvers.
To be considered for the Junior Law Cadet Program, young men and women must be high school students in good academic standing, and have an aspiration to a career in law enforcement. Usually, an American Legion member will recommend a young person for the program.