The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will now allow women to apply for military service in a historic move. Saudi Arabia's General Security division on Sunday allowed women aged between 25 and 35 to apply for the rank of soldier as part of the Vision 2030 social program launched by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Women in governorates including Riyadh, Makkah, al-Qusaim, and al Madina can apply for the rank of soldier.
However, Saudi women will have to fulfil 12 conditions including being of Saudi origin, raised in the Kingdom, unless her father had to live abroad because of a ‘government-related responsibility.’ In addition, applicants must be 25 to 35 years of age, hold at least a high school education, and must pass a mandatory medical check up. Women married to non-Saudis are precluded from applying as is anyone with a criminal record or who was previously employed in any government or military-related institution. An applicant’s height must also not be less than 155 centimeters, with a good weight to height ratio.