The development of the riches of Siberia required thousands of workers. Young people from all over the country went to the North. Student construction teams provided great help to the builders. They were mainly employed by students of universities, as well as secondary specialized educational institutions.
Membership in the Student Construction Team (SCT) was counted as working out the "labor semester", and the opportunity to earn money was a good incentive for the students of that time. Many SCT members, especially those who received the right to "travel" to other regions (usually remote, where the so-called "northern" allowances were paid), earned very decent money in the construction team for a couple of months at that time – in some construction teams a thousand or more rubles per person. For reference: the earnings of an ordinary engineer graduated from the university then amounted to 120-130 rubles per month. It is worth noting that construction workers deserved such high earnings exclusively by their work – it was customary to "plow" in construction teams from dawn to dusk.
In addition to purely financial interest in those days, the SCTs also attracted young people with a special construction team romance. Moreover, it was prestigious to be a member of the construction team. The SCT had a lot of traditions. So, before starting work, the detachments were handed special passports-work permits, in a solemn atmosphere at the opening ceremony of the Labor Season. On the eve of departure, the "Burying of the green snake" took place — from that moment on, it was forbidden to drink alcohol in the squad during the entire working semester. At the construction site itself, New Year, March 8, and Epiphany were celebrated, as well as the days of Neptune, Sports, Anarchy, etc. The construction crew romance brought many samples of Komsomol lyrics — songs and poems to Soviet culture. The most striking example was the song "Furious construction squad" from the movie "My love in the third year".
A very important element of the construction squad movement was the uniform. Various chevrons were sewn on the jackets – both belonging to the SCT as a whole, and reflecting membership in a particular squad, university, and even the rank held in the squad – the commander, commissar, squad master and squad medic (usually a senior medical student) had separate stripes. The stencil pictures on the entire back of the jacket were especially chic, reflecting the symbols of the detachment or the place of its deployment.