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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 location of our next SCIDM will be announced soon, but our official date has been announced and will be on February 27, 2016.

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 notorious judges of SCIDM. Air Force Honor Guard Non-Commissioned Officers are the judges of the Color Guard portion of SCIDM. This joint evaluation sets high standards for all SCIDM participants and challenge each individual and each team.

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.

What about food?

This year we have several food trucks (even a vegetarian option!), so bring cash or a card.