Ryan attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison from 2008 through 2012 and double majored in History and Political Science. He was commissioned through the NRTOC program in the United States Marine Corps and is still currently serving as a Field Artillery Officer. Ryan's first duty station was Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines. While stationed at Camp Lejeune he completed two Unit Deployment Program deployments, one as a Forward Observer and the second as a Battery Executive Officer. He is currently stationed in Arlington, Virginia at Headquarters Marine Corps.