Although military service for female Emiratis remains voluntary, many female recruits have taken military training classes to demonstrate their love and loyalty to their homeland.
In the summer of 2019, more than 200 Emirati school-age girls took basic and advanced courses to learn military skills such as weapons assembly and disassembly, close quarters combat, marksmanship, first aid, staging and order of movement, logistics, physical fitness and martial arts.
The courses were organized by the Active and Reserve Service Department at Khawla Bint Al-Azwar Military School. The graduation ceremony was attended by several dignitaries headed by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.
The Active and Reserve Service Department has provided summer courses to school-age children who are interested in developing military discipline and leadership skills.
Several girls and their families expressed appreciation to the United Arab Emirates’ government and people for allowing them to hone their skills.
Ahmed al-Kaabi, the father of a graduate named Reem, said the course helped his daughter manage her time more efficiently. “Participation in this course improved my daughter’s personality greatly,” he said.
Aisha al-Ma’amari, mother of graduate Mira Ghazwan, said the training gave her child an appreciation for the sacrifices of military life.
“My daughter, as soon as this course was publicly announced, expressed a great desire to participate. The course has contributed significantly to the refinement of her leadership skills,” Aisha said. “In addition, living a military life helped her recognize the great role played by our Armed Forces to sustain security in this country.” Source: Nation Shield