Ryan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Earth) to Betazoid parents Delian (Starfleet Commodore (Deceased)) and Maryan (Starfleet Lieutenant Commander (Deceased)) Ketlan. Ryan was their only child, and he lived with his parents besides Earth on several starships. Ryan went to the academy at the age of 17. After 3 years there, he graduated 1st of his class. During his academy years one of the instructors noticed that Ryan had exceptional flying skills and convinced him to apply for the Advanced Tactical Flight Training at the Luna Flight Training Facility. After completing that training successfully Ryan joined the Combat Piloting Training at Mars Flight Training Facility. He became one of the few top pilots with an average score of 100% at both training facilities.