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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.

When and where is SCIDM?

SCIDM will be on 15 March 2014 at 0800 at Northrop Grumman Aerospace:

One Space Park Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(The NW parking lot on the SE corner of N Aviation Blvd and Marine Ave).

Who comes to SCIDM?

The 2013 SCIDM competition included about 1,000 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.

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.


Spectator FAQ

Family and friends are welcome to come watch the events, which will start with the Opening Ceremony at 0800.

How much is admission?

Free! Bring your enthusiasm and sunscreen.

Where do I park?

Parking will be available on-site for $5; Northrop-Grumman employees park for free. Please enter from Marine Ave.

What about food?

We'll be hosting a snack bar during lunch, so bring cash or a card.