Saudi Arabia has begun to permit women to join its armed forces as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 social program.
According to a statement released by the country’s General Security division on Sunday, women can now apply for enrollment with the rank of soldier.
In order to be accepted the female candidates must fulfill 12 conditions, including being Saudi nationals brought up in the country. They also must be 25 to 35 years old, have high school education, and must pass a medical test, They must also be taller than 155 centimeters, with a suitable weight to height ratio.
Women married to non-Saudis, women who have a criminal record, and women with previous government employment history cannot apply.
The announcement comes as part of Riyadh’s social and economic reform push, dubbed “Vision 2030,” which was launched by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
In January, Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter stadiums to watch men’s football matches for the first time.