Saudi Arabia is taking a step towards a new direction in a country where women’s role is limited to household chores and looking after the house.
The country says women can now apply for military service in several areas including Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina as part of its Vision 2030 plan.
A statement from the country's General Security division said military positions will be available to women aged between 25 and 35 who meet several other criteria.
“Within these criteria, the applicant must be of Saudi origin and raised in the kingdom, unless her father was working abroad for a "government-related responsibility," the statement said.
Those who are married to non-Saudis will not be eligible for the posts.
In early February, Eqbal Darandari, associate professor at King Saud University who was elected to the Shura Council in 2016 proposed that women should serve their country in the military for at least three months.
Saudi Arabia is ranked 141 of the 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap, according to a World Economic Forum study on how women fare in economic and political participation, health and education.
However, since the appointment in June of 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman as heir to the throne, Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of reforms in favor of women, including lifting a ban on women driving.