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Frequently Asked Questions


What is SCIDM?

A drill meet is a competition of military bearing, marching, military knowledge, and dress and ceremonies. Each event emphasizes different aspects of military traditions. The Southern California Invitational Drill meet is one of the largest and oldest drill competitions in the nation, hosting over 100 junior and senior teams made up of cadets and midshipmen from the Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force. This joint branch service allows us to celebrate the customs and traditions that are fundamental to our military in a challenging, yet fair joint competition.

When and where is SCIDM?

The 52nd SCIDM event will be at Northrop-Grumman Space Park and a time TBD.

Who comes to SCIDM?

The 2015 SCIDM competition included cadets/midshipmen from various military academies, JROTC and ROTC units located as far away as Alaska and Maine. Each year we invite distinguished guests; guests from previous years have included Colonel Jefferson S Dunn, Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, and Maj General Feehan.

Who are the judges?

Marine Corp Drill Instructors are the judges of SCIDM.

What are the different types of teams that compete at SCIDM?

  • Full Team – A 10 or more member team that competes in 3 events: Inspection, Regulation, and Exhibition.
  • Four Person – A four person team that competes in Armed Exhibition. 
  • Color Guard – A team of 4 members who post two flags.
  • Individual Drill Down – Tests your drill endurance and accuracy. Last person standing wins the competition.

Tentative schedule

  • 0845: Team Check-In Opens
  • 0925: Team Check-In Closes
  • 0930: Opening Ceremony
  • 1015: Competition Begins
  • 1500: Intermission
  • 1515: Individual Drill Down
  • 1530: Closing Formation

Spectator FAQ

Family and friends are welcome to come watch the events.

How much is admission?

Free! Bring your enthusiasm and sunscreen.