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First group of female Saudi soldiers graduate

The first group of female Saudi soldiers graduated from the Armed Forces Women’s Cadre Training Center. This happened on Wednesday. The soldiers graduated after completing 14 weeks of basic training that began on May 30.

Maj. Gen. Adel Al-Balawi, the head of the Armed Forces Education and Training Authority, delivered a speech. In which he said: “The center has an important mission, which focuses on providing excellent training programs and curricula and an ideal learning environment. “It does so in line with international quality standards that meet the needs of (female recruits). This aims to improve overall performance, which will help achieve the ministry’s objectives in the future.”

The female Saudi soldiers were congratulated. After words of congratulation from Chief Sgt. Suleiman Al-Maliki, acting commander of the women’s training center, its assistant commander, Chief Sgt. Hadi Al-Anezi, administered the oath to the graduates. The results, and the names of the most outstanding students announced. Similarly those who had been rewarded for their efforts with prizes also honored. This is a huge step. Saudi Arabia opened up military recruitment to women in February this year. Therefore this is another historic moment in Kingdom’s women empowerment reforms and initiatives.

The graduation ceremony sponsored by Chief of Staff Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili. Maj. Gen. Hamid Al-Omari, director of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, and other senior officers were also in attandance. Following this at the end of the ceremony, Gen. Al-Ruwaili commented in the registry of the center, in which he thanked the outstanding work of the male and female staff of the center in accomplishing the center’s great mission.

Saudi Arabia opened up military recruitment to women in February this year. Therefore it is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia opened its Armed Forces sector to women. Also with allowing both genders to sign up through launching a unified admission portal in February this year.


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