12 criteria for Saudi women to join army as soldiers

A woman checks a weapon exhibited at an event to celebrate the selection of Abha as the capital of Arab tourism for the year 2017, in this April 20, 2017, file photo. — Reuters

Saudi Gazette report

— There are 12 criteria for Saudi women to join the military in the rank of soldiers, according to an announcement made by the General Directorate of Public Security.

Applications from Saudi women to work in the military in the rank of soldiers are being accepted for positions available in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Qassim, Asir, Al-Baha and the Eastern Province, according to the announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

Candidates can apply online at jobs.moi.gov.sa until Thursday (March 1).

Applicants must be of Saudi origin, and raised in the Kingdom unless their father had to live abroad on a government assignment.

Candidates must also be aged between 25 and 35, be above 155 centimeters tall with a good weight to height ratio, and have at least a high school diploma.

In addition to these requirements, the applicant must pass a mandatory medical check up and go through personal interviews to ensure good conduct.

Women married to non-Saudis are precluded from applying as is anyone with a criminal record or who has previously employed in any government or military-related institution.

Applicants should also have independent national identification cards, and live in the same area as their job’s location. Their guardians’ job must also be in the same area.

The Directorate of Public Security’s responsibilities include to help prevent and investigate crimes, combat drug and narcotic crimes, regulate and control traffic, issue vehicle registration and driving permits, receive civil complaints and protect visitors to the holy mosques, according to the Ministry of Interior website.

Earlier this month, the Public Prosecution said it would begin hiring women as investigative officers for the first time, following similar announcements from the General Directorate of Passports and Justice Ministry.