In 1889, Charles Young graduated from West Point as a commissioned Second Lieutenant of Cavalry, Armed Forces of the United States. At the time, Charles Young was the third black man to graduate from West Point. In 1994, Charles Young was appointed Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Wilberforce University. From 1904 to 1908, Charles Young served as Military Attache in Haiti. Four years later he was selected for Military Attache duty in Liberia. Charles Young was awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for his service as adviser to the Liberian Government. In 1916, Charles Young was appointed Lieutenant Colonel.