The old but true Russian maxim "There is no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia"* remains as true as it is old, I can say now after checking today the Pravda's front page. Here is a good example:
Yeah. So the "ladies" look to two years of military service that involves quite dangerous and exhausting activities on our southern borders as the source of income. The writer obviously didn't study any aspect of the subject matter. For instance the fact that the "income" barely covers bus tickets home (if and when the home leave is granted), ice cream, cigarettes and/or lipstick. The writer definitely doesn't know anything of Caracal's history nor does he understand the way a girl gets recruited to Caracal.
The unit started as a continuation of a great and successfully ongoing tradition: youngsters from all over the country unite in small "core" groups that serve as seed for new settlements or social work communes, with a proviso that the group will serve together in an army unit. The main contingent comes from the socialist Working and Studying Youth movement. Since its inception, the unit grew to a battalion size and allows today recruiting of outsiders, after a fairly exhaustive and exhausting series of tests.
Two thirds of the battalion are women, and the experiment proved to be a success. Still, as far as augmenting its soldiers' income, it is not different from any other regular army unit. But go and explain it to the Pravda scribe...
Here are the boys and the girls of the Caracal battalion, after a "beret ceremony" (too long to explain). Not a single one of them has found a paying job yet. But every single one, no matter the gender, could kick the Pravda reporter's ass all across the Arava desert.
So yeah - don't go to seek truth in Pravda. It's still a futile business.
Better watch: more pictures of "gainfully employed" Caracal's boys and girls. Jokes like this one:
(*) "Pravda" means "truth" and "Izvestia" means "news" in Russian, if you haven't heard this one before. Both Pravda and Izvestia were leading Soviet newspapers, still proudly sticking to the Soviet traditions.
(**) The name is borrowed from the beautiful desert feline Caracal:
The number of the battalion, 33, was chosen to honor the 33 fallen female soldiers of Palmach.