A former Platoon Leader in the United States Army, Austin McNaul was based out of Fort Polk in Louisiana. While on active duty, he led a 40-member platoon, overseeing the training of soldiers and supervising battle drills and tactical operations. Austin McNaul ensured that his troops maintained morale by counseling them and leading by example.
First Lieutenant McNaul’s close ties to his family provided a source of strength during his active duty. The entire family closely tracked the college football career of his younger brother, Bryce McNaul, a linebacker at Northwestern University. Although Bryce’s college football career was beset by injuries, First Lieutenant McNaul and his family offered constant support and motivation. McNaul followed his brother’s football games online and exchanged communications with him and other family members on Facebook and Skype. Despite his Army ties, he rooted for Bryce’s Wildcats team when they played Army and took pride in the fulfillment of his brother’s dream.
Austin McNaul completed his collegiate undergraduate studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During his military education, he trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he attended the Airborne School, the Basic Officer Leader Course, the Infantry Officer Basic Course, and the Ranger School. He earned his B.S. in International Relations.
As a West Point cadet, Austin McNaul served as Captain of the Army Rugby Football team and played the Number 8 position. The Academy’s rugby team, composed of over 70 members, represents West Point’s most winning team. Today in civilian life, McNaul maintains a cross fitness training routine and enjoys anything related to health and fitness.