Another Opening for Saudi Women as Government OKs Women in Security Forces

Saudi’s General Security division announced that soldier rank positions will be available for Saudi women in several different regions of the country, as the Kingdom continues opening up new professions for Saudi women.

Saudi women who meet twelve different standards will now be permitted to serve in security forces in soldier rank positions. According to reports, the conditions to apply include that the woman has to be of Saudi origin and to have been brought up in the kingdom, with the exception of women who lived with their fathers abroad due to a “government-related responsibility.”

Uniforms for Saudi women.

Uniforms for Saudi women.

They also need to be between the ages of 25-35 with a minimum of a high school education, and must not be married to a non-Saudi national. Applicants will serve in several, but not all regions of Saudi Arabia, including Riyadh, Mecca, Qassim and Madina.

The announcement comes just days after one Saudi shoura member called for the implementation of the mandatory recruitment of Saudi women in the military “for three months to a year to prepare them to serve the country in the event of a crisis, war or attack.”

Employing women is a key element of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic and social reform plan. Earlier this year, the Saudi government said 107,000 women applied for just 140 vacancies to work in airports and land border-crossings.