| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

First group of female Saudi soldiers graduate

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

“The center has an important mission, which focuses on providing excellent training programs and curricula and an ideal learning environment,” said Maj. Gen. Adel Al-Balawi, the head of the Armed Forces Education and Training Authority, in a speech he delivered on this occasion.

“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 graduation ceremony was 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.

Saudi Arabia opened up military recruitment to women in February this year.

  • Arab News