Following extensive professional training and academic accomplishment, Austin McNaul most recently served as a First Lieutenant and Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader in the United States Army. McNaul finished a rigorous course of training at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he split his efforts between class work, military exercises, and athletic endeavors as a member of the Army Rugby Football Club. As Captain and Number Eight for the Army Black Knights, Austin McNaul helped lead his team to the College Premier Division Semifinals in 2009, taking third place with a victory over the San Diego State Aztecs.
Not the only high-performing athlete in his family, Austin McNaul's younger brother, Bryce, started as outside linebacker for the Big Ten Northwestern University Wildcats, making several key tackles, sacks, and interceptions throughout his tenure with the team. Before a September 2011 matchup between the Northwestern and Army football teams, Austin McNaul and his brother were the focus of articles in the Chicago Sun-Times and other media outlets highlighting the connections between family, sports, and duty to one's country.
Earning his Bachelor of Science in International Relations in 2009, McNaul went on to complete the Basic Officer Leaders Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, and Ranger School at Fort Benning. He then received his commission as a First Lieutenant and Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader.
Over the next three years, First Lieutenant McNaul was responsible for his platoon's ongoing training, discipline, and health and welfare—ensuring the smooth operation of a 40-person unit. Today, Austin McNaul seeks various leadership opportunities in the civilian sector, with an eye toward a wide range of industries. In his free time, McNaul enjoys staying active through CrossFit.