Alumni Profiles


Learn How People Have Gained from ROTC

One of the best ways to see if Army ROTC is right for you is to learn how alumni have benefited from the experience. See how the skills they learned in ROTC have helped them build successful and satisfying careers.


CPT Ryan Poyant (BU ’03)

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CPT Ryan Poyant

CPT Poyant graduated from Boston University in 2003 with a BA in Political Science, and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant with the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He was assigned to Howitzer Battery, First Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment and deployed to Iraq from January through April 2004 in the Al Qaim region of the Al Anbar Province, along the Syrian border. He deployed again with the Regiment from March 2005 to February 2006 into southwest Baghdad and then moved north to the Nineveh Province where he served in governance and business development. He completed his active service in the Army in June of 2007 and was subsequently invited by the US Department of State to serve on one of their new Provincial Reconstruction Teams, in South Diyala Province, Iraq. He returned to Iraq for a third time to serve as that team’s Governance Specialist until August 2008.  He completed his Masters in Public Administration degree from Suffolk University in January 2010.  He is currently serving in the US Army Reserves as the Military History Instructor for Army ROTC at Boston University.  His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and recognized as Massachusetts first Veteran of the Month. He calls Massachusetts home.