Saudi Arabian Women Can Now Join The Armed Forces

source: VICE

Is Saudi Arabia witnessing a “theological” shift? Social changes are slowly sweeping through the kingdom. After opening cinemas, allowing Christmas celebrations, letting women drive, and permitting them to attend concerts – the kingdom will now let women serve in the armed forces.

Saudi women can now join the Royal Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Armed Forces Medical Services.

It’s a major step in the right direction for a country long curtailed by uncompromising religious police for decades. According to the Saudi Ministry of Defence, men and women can now apply for equal positions in the military through a unified admission portal.

Under this, women will be recruited as soldiers, lance corporals, and sergeants. The candidates must be between the age of 21 and 40 and must be 155 centimeters tall. In addition, they must have a high school education and cannot be married to a non-Saudi man.

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