Ryan is a first lieutenant in the Nebraska Army National Guard where he serves as a detachment commander of an aerial delivery logistics unit. He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's in political Sscience, and received his commission from the Fordham University Army ROTC program. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles in Sociology, where he studies social stratification, education, and demography.
When the revamped officer evaluation system was introduced last year, Army Human Resources Command was very clear with its intent: eliminate the years of over inflation in officer evaluations. In briefings held all over the world, officers (and now noncommissioned officers) were told there wasn’t a clear way to differentiate between officers and “identify talent.” Indeed, the Army had a problem: It couldn’t tell which officers were better than the others.