Student advocate for return of ROTC to Yale is commissioned

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James T. Campell ’13 is congratulated by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Faint during the May 20 ceremony marking Campbell's commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Both men earned Yale degrees earlier that day. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

After the university-wide Commencement ceremony on May 20, two Yale students who earned degrees that day took part in another rite-of-passage.

James T. Campell ’13 of Pierson College, who received his B.A. that morning, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Faint, who earned a M.A. in international relations from Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

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While studying at Yale, Campbell was headquartered at the University of Connecticut and took many of his classes through the Army ROTC branch at the University of New Haven. He was an outspoken advocate for the return of ROTC programs to the Yale campus and headed the Yale College Council ROTC Committee. (This fall marked the return of Navy and Air Force ROTC programs to Yale.) A violist, Campbell also sang with the Baker’s Dozen and was an active member of the Elizabethan Club.

Faint is a career Army intelligence officer with extensive experience in special operations and over 17 years of military service. Having completed the Yale program, he will now teach International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.

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