Saudi Arabia is opening soldier rank positions to women for the first time ever in regions including Riyadh, Mecca and al-Madina.
In order to apply, Al Arabiya reports, women have to be of Saudi origin and between the ages of 25 to 35 with at least a high school education. The applicants also have to pass various tests and be interviewed and meet certain height and weight requirements.
The development comes amid a wave of reform efforts instituted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that include allowing women to drive for the first time ever, opening soccer matches to female spectators and allowing cinemas to open for the first time in 35 years.
On Monday, a number of military officers were removed and a woman, Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah, became deputy labor minister—in what is seen as a rare high-level post for a woman in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
Saudi’s 32-year-old crown price and heir apparent has said that he wants to slowly wean the kingdom off of oil exports, diversify its economy and create jobs while modernizing the country’s populace.
Although he has cracked down on some corruption in the country, the crown prince has also removed a number of his apparent rivals for the throne.
Reuters reports that Saudi defense contracts with the U.S. and Europe have been a longtime source of corruption and Prince Mohammed has said that it is “unacceptable” that high military spending has not translated into better, more efficient performance.