Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to women


Published: 2021-02-21 15:05

Last Updated: 2024-06-14 20:08

Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to women
Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to women

Sunday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry established decisions that allow women in the Kingdom to apply for positions in the military through their recruitment admission portal.

Women will now be able to apply to join the Saudi Arabian Army, Royal Saudi Air Defense, Royal Saudi Navy, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force, and Armed Forces Medical Services.

According to ministerial statements, women can be recruited as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants.

This decisions comes following Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) initiative 'Vision 2030', which includes the advancement of women in various sectors in Saudi Arabia.

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In order to qualify for military positions, women must be between the ages of 21 and 40, taller than 1.55 meters, and should not be a civil servant. Additionally, they must have no criminal records, they must be medically fit, and must also pass a series of admission procedures.

Notably, the women must hold an independent national identity card, a minimum of a high school diploma, and cannot be married to a non-Saudi citizen.