Air Force will have to change their Aim High motto.
Now that the U.S. military has opened more jobs to women and allowed gay men and lesbians to serve openly, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the ban on transgender troops is likely to be reassessed and should be lifted.
“Times change,” she told Capital Download, saying the policy “is likely to come under review in the next year or so.” Asked whether dropping the ban would affect military readiness, she replied: “From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve.”
In a wide-ranging interview at the Pentagon, James also described progress in the bombing campaign against the radical group known as Islamic State and said the U.S.-led military coalition has gotten help from an unlikely source: Iran.
The Pentagon last week confirmed Tehran has conducted air strikes against ISIS targets in eastern Iraq, creating a de facto alliance with the United States despite the lack of formal relations between the two longtime adversaries.
“There has been no coordination between the U.S. and coalition effort on the one hand and the work of the Iranians on the other,” she said. “I would have to say, however, to the degree that the Iranian efforts are helping to degrade or destroy ISIL in some way, that can’t help but be helpful to the overall effort.” […]
Washington worked differently then, she said, even with a Democratic-controlled House dealing with Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
“Back in the 1980s, when I started on the House Armed Services Committee, there was a lot of compromise,” she said. “Members seemed to know one another quite well, not only professionally but also personally, and therefore they could talk more together about any number of issues. And there seemed to be more civility perhaps in those days, that you could disagree but not walk away necessarily mad and refusing to discuss various items.
“So today it just strikes me that we somehow have become much more divisive, and that there’s less compromise that people are willing to engage in