Women in Saudi Arabia can now take up arms and enter the military as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants, the latest move by the Kingdom to transform Arab world's largest economy.

The military ranks will be available in the Saudi Arabian Army, Royal Saudi Air Defence, Royal Saudi Navy, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force, and Armed Forces Medical Services, according to Arab News.

A woman must be between the age of 21 and 40, be 155 centimetres tall or above, and cannot be a government employee to join the armed forces, according to the Saudi Ministry of Defence.

She must also pass admission procedures, have a clean record, and be medically fir for service.

A Saudi woman must also hold an independent national identity card, have at least a high school education, and cannot be married to a non-Saudi.

For male citizens wanting to join the armed forces, they must be between the ages of 17 and 40 and be a minimum of 160 centimeters tall.

They must also pass admission procedures, have a clean criminal record, and prove they are medically fit for service.

The move comes under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 initiative, introducing reforms that allow Saudi women to advance in various fields. 

The World Students Society thanks The Express Tribune.


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