Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, has expressed her satisfaction with the response and enthusiasm of young Emirati women joining national service.
Sheikha Fatima, widow of the founding President Sheikh Zayed, received female officers who gave a presentation on the national service for women.
“We have proudly been seeing young Emirati women thronging recruitment centres to join up and express their loyalty to, and love for, their country, and their readiness to sacrifice for the sake of their country and for protecting its sovereignty, achievements and gains,” Sheikha Fatima, was quotes as saying by the state news agency Wam.
“We greet Emirati women for their deep allegiance and genuine belonging, selflessness, generosity and constant readiness to defend the nation and national gains.”
Sheikha Fatima noted the strong presence of Emirati women in all the units of the Armed Forces, including Air Force and Air Defence, and their ability to make it to the rank of brigadier.
She thanked all officials of National and Reserve Service Authority for their efforts and reiterated her support for them.
The deadline to register for national service was July 24.
Recruitment centres across the country said they had significant turnout from male and female applicants.
Graduates who have achieved a 90 per cent average or more during the past academic year will have the choice of entering the first batch of conscripts or postponing it until they receive their university degree.
Those with averages lower than 90 per cent will be going in the first batch if the conditions are fulfilled.
Students who have failed can postpone the recruitment until they have passed in the next academic year.