Upon graduation from high school, Ryan enlisted in the military. He served twelve years in the Navy, predominantly within the field of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and has deployed to the Middle East and Afghanistan with various units including SEAL and Army Special Forces teams. In 2014, he left active duty in order to pursue a traditional liberal arts education, and applied to the Eli Whitney Students Program while attending community college in California. Ryan is currently a Political Science major at Yale, and is interested in the study of strategic and theoretical frameworks as they apply to complex phenomenon like war and political violence. Outside of the classroom, he is co-captain of Yale’s competitive powerlifting team, a member of the rock climbing team, and also continues to serve in the Naval Reserves.