Women over the age of 18 will be able to volunteer for military service, while men will now serve one year instead of three months .
« All Qatari men between the ages of 18 and 35 (…) are required to perform their military service, » the official QNA news agency said. » The national service for women is voluntary, » they added.
According to specialized sources, this is the first time that women are allowed to perform their military service in Qatar, even if some already perform administrative functions in the army.
The decision to expand conscription comes as Qatar has been at the heart of a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf for the last 10 months .