The first group of women soldiers from the Armed Forces Women’s Cadre Training Center graduated on Wednesday, marking another historic milestone in the Kingdom’s women empowerment reforms and initiatives.
After completing the 14-week basic individual training, which began on May 30, the Chief of the General Staff, Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, graced the graduation ceremony.
Maj. Gen. Adel Al-Balawi, chief of the Armed Forces Education and Training Authority, spoke during the ceremony, saying that the center intends to provide exceptional professional training services for female Ministry of Defense workers in the vocational areas where the ministry is lacking.
“The center has a critical mission: to deliver outstanding training programs and curriculum, as well as an ideal educational environment, in compliance with worldwide quality standards, that satisfy the needs of female cadres in the armed services.
“The goal is to improve performance so that the ministry can fulfill its goals in the future,” he said.
Acting commander of the Armed Forces Women’s Cadre Training Center, Chief Sgt. Suleiman Al-Maliki, also addressed at the event. The occasion was also attended by Maj. Gen. Hamid Al-Omari, director of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, and a number of senior commanders from the Armed Forces.
The graduates were sworn in by Assistant Commander of the Center, Chief Sgt. Hadi Al-Anezi. The results were then announced, along with the names of those graduates who excelled and were awarded prizes.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Gen. Al-Ruwaili made a note in the center’s registry, thanking the male and female personnel for their exceptional work in achieving the center’s noble mission.
In February of this year, Saudi Arabia opened its Armed Forces sector to women by introducing a unified admission portal that allowed both men and women to sign up.
Women can join the Saudi Arabia Army, Royal Saudi Air Defense, Royal Saudi Navy, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force, and the Armed Forces Medical Services at any rank from soldier to sergeant. Women between the ages of 21 and 40 are eligible to apply for these positions in Saudi Arabia.