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

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