Kuwaiti women have been serving as police officers for the past two decades. This two-decade journey has now paved new paths for women to join the country’s national military services.
It was stated in the decree that the enrollment of Kuwaiti women was paved for them to participate in military service as specialist officers, non-commissioned officers and in different positions, and it was stated that at the current stage, the registrations will be limited to the field of medical and supportive military services.
“The time has come to provide Kuwaiti women with the opportunity to enter the service process with men in the Kuwaiti army,” Defense Minister Sabah told KUNA.
Sabah stated that they took such a decision based on the role of the Kuwaiti army in protecting the country’s security and ensuring stability against all external threats.
In 2018, Qatar paved the way for women’s voluntary enlistment, while Saudi Arabia paved the way for women to serve in the military earlier this year. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), since 2014, women have been serving in the armed forces for years in Bahrain and Oman.