Women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to join the military and take up arms, this is the latest profession accord the kingdom has offered to recruit female soldiers.

The women now have the privilege to join as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants, Aljazeera reported

Saudi Arabian women can be employed as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants, according to the Saudi-based Arab News.

Female employments have gradually been opened to women, which is part of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s plans to transform his nation, it is now common to see women working as cashiers, brewing cappuccinos in the coffee shops, and work at restaurants and tasks such as these were previously limited only to men.

The idea to allow female military personnel was first announced in 2019, and at the same year the kingdom allowed women to leave the country without the permission of male relatives, the Saudi government took a major step towards ending restrictive guardianship.

In the year 2018, the Arabian government also allowed women to acquire driver license and were given the freedom to drive, a step that economists at Bloomberg believe it would benefit the country with more than $90 billion by 2030.

The criteria for women to join the military besides weight and height is that a woman should be graduated from high school, and applicants married to foreigners will not be eligible to join, Al Jazeera reported.

Last year, the Minister of Justice appointed 100 public notaries, and the Kingdom also in recent months announced that it would hire female court judges soon.

Before in Saudi Arabia women only had limited options for work, mostly they worked as teachers or for government entities and in 2011 a law was passed to allow women to work in all lingerie and cosmetics business.

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