OMFG, it was almost 13 years when I first arrived to Bakuum (IDF recruitment center), and yet virtually nothing changed! Effing unbelievable. Yeah, they get pepper spray and different bags now, great...
Much different than what I got, starting with the kitbag. Ours were what the Americans call a duffel bag; no back straps or anything. No other bags or tkim. We didn't get out ABC stuff until Mahane 80. IDF underwear was the worst; a diaper would have given more support and less shaf-shefet. Most of us went commando or got ourselves proper gonad fitting imported underwear (my self admission to being spoiled.) Of course pants that were too short and shirts that were too tight in the underarms, socks that wouldn't stay up and fresh, stiff boots. Oh and the "fresh meat" olive beret - which looks really out of place on 24 year olds. Loved my Dubon and kept it for 15 years. Immediately lost my yellow reflective band and had to do 30 pushups as punishment when we got to 80. The other thing I remember that I can't reconcile with the movie is we got two "towels" that were both smaller than toilet paper squares.
Looking back, I guess we missed out on the quintessential Israeli Bakum experience because as Nahalaim in a Garin olim we weren't part of a general induction; we'd already gone through selection at lishkat hagius in Beer Sheva 3 months earlier. Went to Beer-Sheva on a Sunday morning, bus to Bakum by 10, got our shots, insurance and kitbag by 1300, lunch and arrived at Mahane 80 by 1700. Red isoleerband on our shorts by 1800 - bathrooms in 30 seconds at 1815.
What you mean is: atem mesubachim - You're complicated. Aten is the feminine plural and kashe is hard. Besides the the obvious, using kashe also implies we're stubbornly slow on the uptake. Your point is pretty valid at first glance, but fielding 2-3 infantry weapons has never seemed to be a bother. When I was in it was Galils and M-16s, with reserve units using some Uzis. In the 70s it was the FN-FAL and Uzis, with some Kar-98s in use, and in 1967 all three were prevalent. I'm excluding specialty issue like sniper or marksman rifles. There seems to be enough method in the madness that the armorers and logistical support people kept it all straight.
Here is my Israeli Mauser, made by in occupied Czech by Brno for the Germans and rechambered postwar for 7.62 and sent to Israel. I find the history ironic and quite satifying that it played a part in the foundation of Israel