Welcome to the 5th Battalion where the Thunderbolts thrive! 

The month of October has flown by like a leaf in the wind. All cadets have been given their uniforms. We are getting all the cadets ready for our upcoming event. The Annual Veterans Day Parade! In the month of October the JROTC Color Guard posted the colors for several of Manual football games. 5th Battalion hosted an fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month for our administration & football players, those who donated got their name written on a ribbon & it was placed in the lobby. At the end of the fundraiser there was a raffle for a gift basket the winner of the gift basket was Mr.Anderson!!!. On another note our raider team went to Wyoming & competed against other battalions & got the chance to visit The University of Wyoming. Cadet Major Jennifer Barron went to Windsor Gardens and represented Manual High School. Windsor Gardens is a speech competition for a scholarship. Jennifer Barron did an outstanding job! 5TH BATTALION THRIVES!!!

JROTC Mission

“The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens.”


The  JROTC Curriculum:

The JROTC curriculum, which fully or partially addresses a number of national academic standards – to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – includes course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.

More important than “what” is learned in JROTC is “how” it is learned. Every classroom is equipped with leading edge technologies to teach, assess, and report student progress. Teachers are trained to utilize a range of technologies and develop social/emotional skills, support academic content through gaming and simulations, and promote the role of social media. Thus, students engage in meaningful, purposeful activities that lead them to demonstrate success through a portfolio of accomplishments. A Cadet beginning the ninth grade might follow a course similar to the one below:

Education & Training
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Unit 1: Citizenship in Action Foundations of Army JROTC

Getting Involved

The Nation’s Defense Forces    
Unit 2: Leadership Theory & Application Being a Leader Knowing How to Lead Leading Situations Leadership Lab
Unit 3: Foundations for Success Know yourself – Socrates

Study Skills

Communication Skills

Conflict Resolution

Teaching Skills

Making a Difference w/Service Learning

Career Planning

Planning Skills

Social Responsibility

NEFE High School Financial Planning Program

Unit 4: Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle Cadet Challenge First Aid for Emergency and non-Emergency Situations Drug Prevention/Intervention
Unit 5: Geography, Map Skills & Environmental Awareness The Globe Maps, Map Reading and Land Navigation Orienteering

Air Navigation

Exploring the World
Unit 6: Citizenship in American History & Government You the People – Citizenship Skills

Your Job as an American Citizen

You the People – Citizenship Action Group Process

Founding and Growth of a Nation (history 1776 to present)

The Federal Judicial System

Sources of power

Advanced Citizenship and American History

In addition to a typical JROTC curriculum, Cadets may have the opportunity to participate in a number of co-curricular activities offered by JROTC:

  • JROTC Leadership Challenge and Academic Bowl (JLAB): a competitive program that imparts values of leadership and citizenship while preparing for higher education milestones like college entrance exams.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camps: a one week college residential program at STEM labs with interaction with college-level professors and graduate and undergraduate students.
  • JROTC Raider Challenge: A competitive program for JROTC Cadets in five different fitness and skill events.
  • Air Rifle Competitions: Marksmanship programs that promote teamwork, self confidence and marksmanship skills.
  • Drill Competitions: Programs for traditional drill formations including regulation and exhibition/pageantry categories.

5th Battalion Army Instructor 

The Army Instructors of JROTC are all retired Army personnel that have served over 20 years in the United States Army. They instruct and teach Cadets in the JROTC Classes, Rifle Marksmanship Class and Drill Practice Classes.

Army Instructor – 1SG Eric E. Posey


Years as an Instructor:  8

Office: (720) – 423 – 8710


What do you want cadets to take away or learn while being in JROTC?

” Your attitude, determines your altitude.”


Army Instructor- Manny Ortiz



Email: manuel_ortiz2@dpsk12.org

Battalion Staff  Members

The Battalion Staff is in charge of maintaining and organizing updates, events, and the materials of the 5th Battalion and its cadets.


Name: Janet Guzman

Age: 16

– Lieutenant Colonel


I have many responsibilities staff, but my main one is that I’m responsible for everything that the battalion succeeds and fails to do!

– The best part of being in JROTC is that I get to learn more about how being leaders is. That I get to work with many people and by doing that good relationships are created.

– JROTC has done many things for me. JROTC has helped me grow as a leader and person. It has helped me get out my comfort zone, and with communication skills it has helped me not settle for less, to work hard for everything, and to believe in myself and the things that I’m capable of doing.




Name: Devechio Jones

Age: 16

Rank: First Lieutenant

My responsibility is to do a monthly inspection on the rifles and range to make sure everything is attached.

Being in JROTC is fun and exciting because you learn so many things that you really didn’t know about. JROTC has taught me to become a young and better citizen and taught me great guidance and supervision.

I am a junior and a great singer but in the time I have I like to play games and get out to do different things.




Name: Kyler Stanford

Rank: First Lieutenant

I’m responsible for yearly calendar, all upcoming events and cadet challenge memorandums.


Name: Auon’tai Anderson

Rank: Command Sergeant Mayor

I’m in charge of all flag details and responsible for all our non commissioned officer (NCO)

The best part of being in JROTC is motivating cadets to become better citizens, but not only in their school,their community and the world.

JROTC has helped me by shaping my leadership skills enhancing my learning development.

I’m a Senior at the Historic Manual High School Denver. I’m is currently involved in Student Board of Education, Project V.O.Y.C.E(Voices of youth changing education), Founded Denver’s first Youth City Council and was sworn into office July 24th, 2015, also a part of my  school’s Student Council, Jrotc, and the Fmr.National Director of Recruitment and Retention and now currently the Chief Operations Officer for Youth for National Change. I’m the Incumbent Student Body President of M.H.S I’ve been awarded the student leadership of the year award also am the Colorado Chairman of H.S.D.A and I am  Battalion Command Sergeant Major and I advocated on HB 15-1072 which was named Kianna’s Law that Law demolished cyber bullying in the state of Colorado. I’m  a public speaker in Denver Public Schools and i am advocate for change. I’m planning to run for President of the United States but before Politics I want to be an educator and Principal of Manual to help students and the American people become the change they wish to see.




Name: Ta’yon Burton

Rank: Second Lieutenant

I’m responsible of making  sure that the cadets are on the system and are up to date on ribbons, positions and awards.




Name: Yasmin Ramos

Age: 15

Rank: First Lieutenant

My responsibility on staff is maintaining accountability for all supplies used by the unit.

The best part of being in JROTC is how close we are, we’re family and we lean on each other when we need it. At the same time teaches me to always set an example and show leadership skills whenever I go.

JROTC has taught me to be a better person academically and personally. I am now a better version of myself.

I am a sophomore and a student athlete with an average GPA of a 3.3. In my free time I like to spend time with family and friends.



Name: Dafnne Escobedo

Age: 15

Rank: Second Lieutenant

I’m in charge of promoting JROTC and informing what goes on in JROTC.

The best part of being in JROTC is lessons & the skills you learn to become a better person. JROTC is more than a program or class, it’s a group of students working together as a team, & family to be better ourselves & to be the best we can be.

JROTC has taught me the leadership skills i’ve never had, & i’m still continuing to learn how to be  better leader. I have grown as a better person, & a student.

I am a sophomore at Manual High School, I am apart of the Manual Med School. In my free time I like to watch criminal minds, cook, & bake.




Name: Maria Herrada


Rank: Second Lieutenant

I’m responsible for staff is to update and be in charge of the battalions  webpage.

The best part of being in JROTC is the feeling of a family, and the team work. JROTC teaches you leadership skills as well as many more skills that are needed in life. JROTC helps you academically and mentally.

JROTC has taught me leadership skills. It has also taught me to work hard in school and get good grades. JROTC has made me a better person.

I am a senior and I have a 3.0 GPA. I love science its my favorite subject. In my free time I like to read books, spend time with my family, watch movies, and enjoy nature.

The 5th Battalion Teams and Activities

1st Semester Teams and Activities:

  • Rifle Team (Marksmanship)
  • Armed Exhibition Drill Team (Rifle Spinning)
  • Honor Platoon (Unarmed Exhibition)
  • Color Guard (Sycronized marching with colors/flags)
  • JLAB Team (Educational Testing and Trivia Team)
  • Raider Team (Physical Fitness, Orienteering, and event-based Team)

2nd Semester Teams and Activities:

  • HP Team
  • Armed Exhibition Drill Team
  • Honor Platoon
  • Color Guard
  • Honor Cadets (LET 1 Honor Roll Program)
  • Raider Team
  • JLAB Team

Possible Teams and Activities in the future:

  • PT Team (Pentatholon)