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Saudi Arabia opens armed forces recruitment for women

JEDDAH, February 21, 2021

Saudi women can now apply to join the kindom's armed forces, following a ruling by the Ministry of Defense that opened the way them to sign up through a unified admission portal starting Sunday, said a report.
 
Interested female and male candidates can apply for military ranks from soldier to sergeant in the Saudi Arabian Army, Royal Saudi Air Defense, Royal Saudi Navy, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force, and Armed Forces Medical Services, said an Arab News report.
 
All applicants must pass admission procedures according to specified conditions, have a clean record and be medically fit for service. But some additional criteria have been added for female applicants, it said.
 
Saudi female applicants must be between the age of 21 and 40 years, have a height of 155 cm or above, and cannot be a government employee. 
 
Female submissions must also hold an independent national identity card and have at least a high school education. Applicants married to non-Saudi citizens will not be accepted.
 
The age range for first-time male applicants is between 17 and 40 while their minimum height is 160 cm, it said. 



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