Ryan Owens enlisted in the Navy before high school graduation, initially training as a cryptologic technician. He completed his BUD/S training in December 2002 and was initially assigned to West Coast based SEAL Team 1 and then moved on to East Coast based SEAL Team 6 where he had been for 9 years.

Along with his SEAL Trident and Basic Parachutist wings, Ryan is qualified to wear the following medals:

Silver Star w/Combat “V”
Navy/Marine Corps Medal
Bronze Star w/Combat “V” (2 awards)
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Joint Service Commendation Medal w/Combat “V” (2 awards)
Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards)
Combat Action Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation (3 awards)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 awards)
Good Conduct Medal (6 awards)
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8 awards)
Navy Rifle Marksmanship, Expert
Navy Pistol Marksmanship, Expert