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.”

JROTC Knowledge Questions

1. Q. What does ACSU stand for?

A. Army Cadet Service Uniform

2. Q. What type of shirt is worn under the Army Service Uniform Coat?

A. Grey long sleeve or short sleeves.

3. Q. The black necktie/neck tab is optional when wearing what type of uniform

A. Class B uniform with short slevees

4. Q. What color t-shirt is worn with the class A and B uniform

A. White

5. Q. What uniform is worn durning ceremonies and social functions

A. The Class A and B uniform or A.S.U

6. Q. What uniform worn at summer camps and for participation on special teams?

A. A.C.U’s

7. Q. What insignia do cadet officers wear on the grey beret?

A. Grade or Rank insignia

8. Q. What insignia do enlisted cadets wear on the grey beret?

A. ROTC insignia

9. Q. What color t-shirt is worn with the ACU uniform?

A. Tan or Sand

10. Q. How is the grade (or ROTC) insignia worn on the grey beret?

A. Centered on the flash

11. Q. How are ribbons positioned on the class A uniform?

A. Ribbons are centered on the left side 1/8 of an inch above the left pocket for males.

For females, parallel to the namtag which is between 1 and 2 inches above the top button

12. Q. Describe a rank?

A. Cadet describes a certain rank asked by the inspector.

13. Q. How often must a uniform be worn be cadets?

A. At least once per week.

14. Q. Can a male cadet wear an earring in uniform?

A. No

15. Q. What size/color earrings can females cadets wear?

A. Small silver, gold or white spherical earrings not to exceed 1/4 inch in diameter.

16. Q. How is the nameplate worn on your uniform?

A. Center the name platoon the right pocket between the top of pocket and the top of the button for males.       (Females: 1 to 2 inches above the top button centered horizontally on the right side of the coat. In a comparable position on the shirt.).

17. Q. What regulation covers the wear of the uniform?

A. AR 670-1 and CCR 145-2.

18. Q. Are shoulder boards authorized for wear with the class B uniform?

A. Yes

19. Q. What does ACU stand for?

A. Army Combat Uniform

20. Q. What color socks are worn with the Army Service Uniform?

A. Black socks

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)