Meet the Operator: Ten Questions with YGN Alumnus Ryan Jones
Where did you grow up?
Who is/was your inspiration?
I would have to say my mother, she was a single mom raising 3 kids, and I was her only son.
Did you go to college?
Not right away. I enlisted first.
When did you first realize that you wanted to go in to the military? Was there a defining ‘aha!’ moment?
I can say 9/11 was my defining moment, I knew subconsciously in my junior year of high school, that I was going to enlist while watching the events unfold on tv.
Why did you choose the SF route?
SF was always my first choice when enlisting but I was too young to go into the X-ray program. The ultimate decision was made after I had the opportunity to train with 1/10 Special Forces CIF.
How long did you serve? Where were you stationed?
I served for 11 years with duty stations in Seoul South Korea, Stuttgart Germany, Fort Hood Texas, Fort Bragg North Carolina and left service from Fort Campbell Kentucky Any notable stories/accomplishments you can/want to share? My biggest accomplishment to date other than earning my green beret would be getting hired by Fox Sports.
Why did you get out?
Long story short it was either my career or my children. I chose my children
What was your biggest fear about transitioning?
Entering the civilian workforce as an adult. My entire adult life to this point was spent in the military.
How did it help you in your job search? After seeing the YGN ad on FS1 I knew I had to reach out to the one organization that specialized in placing and assisting Special Operators. We are far too often thrown into the same bubble as any other Vet whether they have 4 years of service or 15. To know that there was organization that knew our value and the advanced skills we bring to the table YGN was a no brainer.