JROTC Photo Gallery


Welcome to the 5th Battalion where the Thunderbolts thrive! 

Since 1894 Manual High School has developed leaders from the best and brightest students on campus.  It is one of the oldest schools in the area, an institution deeply woven into the fabric of the community.  Manual was also one of the first schools in Denver, Colorado to educate African-Americans.

Well known people are The first black mayors of Denver, Wellington Webb, and Seattle, Norman Rice; boxer, poet, and activist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales; Mayor Michael Hancock; Denver current Mayor; writer Ted Conover and National Public Radio correspondent Scott Horsley. Manual has excelled at basketball and baseball where they have produced players such as Michael Ray Richardson, Billy Lewis, Daniel Banuelos/Cortez, who went on to play college baseball, and LaVon Williams, who went on to a second career as a celebrated wood carver.  During WWII at least 50 Manual men and one teacher, Richard Orange, gave their lives in service.

It is our pleasure to welcome both new and returning students to the Army JROTC program.  This year’s Cadet Corps promises to be the best in living memory.  We have a strong pillar of returning Cadets and highly motivated freshmen who are eager to learn from our top-notch Cadet Leadership.

The Thunderbolt Battalion has a demonstrated history of 105 years of excellence in leadership development as proven by the outstanding Cadets in the program right now.  We look forward to continuing this tradition of distinction next semester and in the years to come.
Very Respectfully,
First Sergeant Eric Posey

Army Instructors, Military Science, Thunderbolt Battalion

JROTC Mission

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

JROTC Calendar:


October November December January February March
Toys for Tots & Help for the Homeless Sock Drive current til 12/15 11/3- Texas Drill Meet Qualifications

-South High School

12/4- JPA – JROTC Program Accreditation


1/23-24 Military Ball Pictures 2/6- Male Windsor Gardens 3/7- Military Ball Rehearsal-Hyatt


10/25- JLAB Practice 11/9- Stapleton Clyburn’s Senior Citizen Home. 11:00 a.m.

11/10- Veterans Day Parade & 12th Annual “Taste of JROTC” (Potluck) in the Manual Cafeteria 12:00 noon

12/8- Colorado State JROTC Air Rifle Match – FCC HS TBD-JROTC Army Air Rifle Nationals- Las Vegas 3/8- Military Ball- Hyatt
10/26- JLab Team Registration

10/27- Rifle Meet- Lincoln High School

11/13-15 Nov “Best of the Best” faculty and staff Marksmanship competition.

11/16- Award ceremony

11/20-  JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl

12/13- Annual Marksmanship Awards Ceremony- Lincoln High School

12/15- Last day of Toy and Sock Drive

3/16- Annual Ristricted JROTC Drill Meet- South High School

3/20- Raider Challenge- Lincoln High School


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:  11

Office: (720) – 423 – 6358

Email: eric_posey@dpsk12.org

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

” Your attitude, determines your altitude.”

Colonel Paul Cuppett

Years as an Instructor: 2nd year

Office: (720) 423-6363

Email: paul_cuppett@dpsk12.org

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

“Key skills for life”

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

-Battalion Commander

I have many responsibilities with 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 a leader is.  I get to work with many people and by doing that good relationships are created.

– JROTC has done many things for me, it 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.


Curtis CSM: Hi my name is Curtis Dickey I am a Senior, I am 17 years old, and I am the CSM ( Command Sergeant Major) of the 5th Battalion. I first joined JROTC because my grandpa fought in the Korean War so I wanted to do something to make him proud and not really for myself and I was told it was a good program. As I started to experience it more myself I started to like it and notice how many doors it can open for me so I took advantage of it. JROTC has taught me self discipline,respect,and responsibility. My hobbies outside of school is boxing. After high school I am considering to join the Colorado National Guard, go to CU Boulder, and in 2020 go to the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan for boxing. I also thought about joining the Army boxing team.

 Martina XO: Hello, my name is Martina Chavez and i am the 2nd lieutenant executive officer (XO) of the 5th battalion, and welcome to my bio. I am a freshman at Manual High School and this is my first year in JROTC and also my first year being on staff. I joined this JROTC program because it is a good experience and also this JROTC program is making me a different person, meaning I have more respect also I gained so much confidence in myself. I like this program because it’s mostly about teamwork not only that, but how others make you feel welcome. My hobbies outside of high school is playing soccer, drawing and just being with the family. The colleges I want to attend to is Concorde Career College to focus only being Surgical Technology or Respiratory Therapy the other college I want to attend to is Colorado University to either play soccer or being a artist.  

Serenity Soutthivong S-1

Nick s-2: Hello I am Cadet Nicholas Lovato and I am the Cadet intelligence and security officer (s2) of the 5th battalion. I joined JROTC to learn how to be respectable young person and to get outta my comfort zone. JROTC has taught/teaching me new skills and how to be responsible. My hobbies outside of school is hanging out with my friends and family and listening to music! Soon after I graduate I would love to go to the army but if that didn’t happen I would go to college and get a job to support myself.



Victoria s-3: Hello my name is Victoria Torres I am 14 years old and I am in the 9th grade, I am the s-3 for the 5th Battalion; I joined JROTC because I thought it would be a good experience, and JROTC has been, I have met and made new friends with amazing people because of JROTC. Outside of school I like to take care of my horse. After school I plan on going to college for 4 years after either join the air force or do something in criminal law. Dream big or go home.


Taonna s-4: Hello, I am the first loutinnet Taonna Hedgecockand I am the logistics officer (s4) of the 5th battalion,welcome to my bio. I am a Senior here at manual and this is my third year in JROTC, but my first year as being on staff. I joined this JROTC program because I thought it would be cool to try something new and step out of my comfort zone, plus my mom enrolled when she was in high school. Even though I don’t have as much experience as the other Cadets, I really like this program and because I like it so much when i graduate I’m going into the military (after college of course), I don’t know what branch yet but I know i want to go into one of the army branches. My hobbies outside of school are chillaxing with my family and hanging out at the mall with my friends. Some of the colleges I want to attend are Colorado university or Colorado university of Boulder either majoring in computer engineering or being a nurse for the injured.

Maria Hernandez S-5

Mario Gonzalez s-6: Hello I am cadet Mario Gonzalez i am the s6 in JROTC and the reason I joined JROTC was to meet new people and because my sister was in it and because of how successful she was in JROTC and things I like to do outside of school is play football, listen to music, and hang out with my friends and family because those are thing that make me happy in my life. And what I would like to do after high school is go to college and work in computer science and play football and if those things don’t work out I might join the army.



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)