Clayton Yates

Bush School of Texas A&M
Class of 2019

Clayton Yates graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin Chinese and a minor in Military Science. After graduation, he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course and US Army Ranger Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Clayton served as a Platoon Leader with the First Infantry Division in Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014 and again with the 101st Airborne Division’s Pathfinder Company from 2015 to 2016. During his deployments, Clayton trained Afghan forces to enhance local security and led the primary search and rescue team for eastern Afghanistan. After separating from the Army in December 2016, he worked with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment to facilitate refugee resettlement across middle Tennessee.

The summer before graduate school, Clayton attended Middlebury College’s Chinese School as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. He is pursuing a degree in international affairs with a focus on China and diplomacy, and his goal is to become a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State.