How to Join the Force Recon Association

President and founder of Guandolo Associates, LLC, John Guandolo is an expert in national defense. Through his company, he provides strategic and operational threat-focused training, education, and consultation. A former marine and FBI agent, John Guandolo holds membership in a number of professional organizations, including the Force Recon Association.

With the motto “Link forever those who served together,” the Force Recon Association is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation committed to the ideals and professional standards of all Force Recon Association members, current and former. In addition to supporting camaraderie among active and former members of the armed forces, the corporation seeks to cultivate an appreciation of military history among young soldiers.

Force Recon Association offers membership to civilians, veterans, and active members of the military who share the same goals as those of the Force Recon Association. Civilians may attain Associate Membership by making a significant contribution to the advancement or development of Force Reconnaissance. Current and former members of the military may either join as Regular Members or Associate Members; to acquire the former membership, members of the military must have served alongside a Force Reconnaissance Company.

To join the Force Recon Association, visit There, one will find an application that must be filled out and returned, along with the annual membership fee of $40.


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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