Although it is frequently applies to the young males who are required to do their military service either after school or subsequent to any vocational training they may undergo.
Fandaros can be used as a synonym.
This 18-month to two-year period is preceded by a curious ritual not dissimilar to the ancient Spartan practice of the shield.
On the eve of their first battle, their mothers would present a young warrior with their shield with the instruction to return from battle "with it or on it" – victorious or dead. Cypriot parents present their 17 year old warriors with the keys to small but powerful Japanese sports cars/motorcycles and then turn then loose with no instructions whatsoever.
They and their fellow embryonic heroes then dye their hair weird colours (as they will need to cut it off anyway) before they hit the road (sometimes only figuratively) in a series of drinking sprees which further erode their equally embryonic driving skills to the point where the customary carnage of the Cypriot highway system pales into triviality besides the slaughterhouse these feckless, drunken, unqualified illegals create, struggling with the controls of their virtual projectiles.
One assumes the assumption is made that a soldier dies in battle or not at all - and thus colliding with a concrete bridge at 160 kph may be a significant inconvenience to him but it isn't an actual act of war and so will not count - his safety is assured.
Prosecution of the survivors is androbee, the parents brushing aside police complaints about licenses, insurance and road tax as nit-picking trivialities because if the boy can die fighting for Cyprus - isn't he man enough for his own car? .
Having said that, it should be noted that the dead are generally difficult to prosecute anyway - especially when the ambulance is obliged to go out to collect these individuals with an aquavac rather than a stretcher - and all too frequently this is how the Fandari (pl) in their rice-rockets* end up.
*Rice-rocket - An American term for high performance Japanese cars.