Air Force secretary supports lifting transgender ban

Air Force secretary supports lifting transgender ban

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.

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