American Legion National Junior Law Cadet Program

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.

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Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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