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Qatar said to be considering female military service

Head of air service says Qatar is studying whether to allow women to join the armed forces

Qatar said to be considering female military service
Qatari army forces take part in a military parade during the Gulf emirates National Day celebrations in Doha. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Qatar is considering allowing women to enlist in its armed forces, commander of the country’s air force and head of national service has said, according to local media.

However, women would not be allowed to go into combat and would be restricted to security organisations and given social, cultural and medical roles, Major General Mubarak Mohammad Al Kumait Al Khayarin said at the launch of compulsory military service for men.

Qatar announced last year compulsory military service for male citizens aged 18 to 35. Graduates must serve three months and non-graduates four months.

Up to 2500 university and high school graduates will be included in the first intake, to begin training on April 1.

Training will include general military skills as well as lectures on religion, culture, civil defence, ambulance, the environment and preventive measures.

The UAE also recently announced compulsory military service for men and voluntary service for women aged 18 to 30.

Major General Al Khayarin said a decision on women serving would be made after a study.

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