Crystal graduated from Stanford Law School with her JD in 2010 and the University of Southern California with her History BA in 2007. She has been on active duty in the Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate since 2009. Her secondary MOS is as a Japanese-speaking, Northeast Asian Foreign Area Officer. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a MA in Security Studies in 2016. She is an avid competitive pistol shooter and can reimbursed for her time in .45ACP brass . . . j/k.