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Saudi Arabia Allows Women Join Army

For the second time, Saudi Arabia has begun to allow women to sign up for military service, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

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The decision, which comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 social programme was announced by the General Directorate of Public Security.

Interested applicants from Riyadh, Makkah, Al-Qusaim and Madina can apply through the government’s electronic portal this week, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the directorate as saying in a statement.

Candidates must fulfil 12 requirements in order to be accepted, including being Saudi nationals who were raised in the Kingdom, unless their fathers had to live abroad because of a “government-related duties”.

They also must be between 25-35 years old, hold at least a high school education, and must pass a mandatory medical check-up. In addition, they must also be taller than 155 centimetres, with a suitable weight to height ratio.

Women married to non-Saudis, those who have a criminal record, and those with previous government employment history cannot apply.

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