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The Golden Bear West Coast Drill Meet is a national drill competition hosted by CSM (retired) Raul Duran on an annual basis. This year the competition took place at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. 

This GBWC drill meet was founded in April 2000 and has grown to be one of the largest national drill meets of the West Coast in the United States. The drill meet consisted of four schools from Guam and Saipan as well as 12 schools from the Western States outside of California. The rest of the schools hailed from the state of California, making a whopping total of 62 schools. Competing teams included Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Navy units. These teams came from the public school domain, private schools, and military academies.

This was the second consecutive year that the CNMI drill teams have competed in this national competition. The CNMI PSS JROTC Program was proudly represented by the Saipan Southern High School Drill Team in the Armed Category and the Rota High School Drill Team in the Unarmed Category. These teams performed exceptionally during the competition.

The drill competition’s portion of the day included individual cadet, two-man, four-man, armed team, and unarmed team competitions. In the Armed Category, schools competed with demilitarized rifles to perform routines consisting of marching, spinning, and tossing with sharpness and precision. The Unarmed Category consisted of creating beats with the hands and feet. These beats must be done with uniformity to create a champion. The color guard category is among the most stressful and demanding category of all. A four-man team consists of an American flag bearer, state flag bearer, and two guards with demilitarized rifles.

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