American Sniper

A SEAL who serves alongside Chris Kyle in Iraq, Ryan Job is an extremely likeable, funny man, and one of Kyle’s closest friends. In the middle of an operation, Kyle tells Job to stand in the street and provide backup—an order that, tragically, leads to Job being shot in the head. Miraculously, Job survives his attack, though he eventually loses his vision in both eyes. Kyle is overcome with grief and guilt for his friend’s ordeal. Nevertheless, Kyle and Job continue to be good friends, and Job provides Kyle with a model of how to adjust to civilian life. Sadly, Job dies during a subsequent surgery.

Ryan Job Quotes in American Sniper

The American Sniper quotes below are all either spoken by Ryan Job or refer to Ryan Job. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 11 Quotes

I thought Ryan was dead. Actually, he was still alive, if just barely. The docs worked like hell to save him. Ryan would eventually be medevac'd out of Iraq. His wounds were severe—he’d never see again, not only out of the eye that had been hit but the other as well. It was a miracle that he lived. But at that moment at base, I was sure he was dead. I knew it in my stomach, in my heart, in every part of me. I'd put him in the spot where he got hit. It was my fault he'd been shot.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Ryan Job
Page Number: 322
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Chapter 14 Quotes

If there is a poster child for overcoming disabilities, Ryan was it. After the injury, he went to college, graduated with honors, and had an excellent job waiting for him. He climbed Mount Hood, Mount Rainer, and a bunch of other mountains; he went hunting and shot a prize trophy elk with the help of a spotter and a gun with some bad-ass technology; he competed in a triathlon. I remember one night Ryan said that he was glad it was he who got shot instead of any of the other guys.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Ryan Job
Page Number: 412
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Ryan Job Character Timeline in American Sniper

The timeline below shows where the character Ryan Job appears in American Sniper. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Family Conflicts
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...and bonds with his new unit. During basic training, he hazes an overweight recruit named Ryan Job—the standard treatment for any new recruit. Instead of caving in to pressure, Job remains... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Punishers
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...full-uniform medal ceremony.” Kyle notes that almost everyone in his platoon had a nickname—for example, Ryan Job’s nickname was “Biggles,” a portmanteau of “Big” and “Giggles.” As a group, Kyle’s platoon... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Devil of Ramadi
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...seem to be improving, but there’s still a lot of danger—on one operation, Kyle recalls, “Ryan got shot.” (full context)
Chapter 11: Man Down
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...summer day, Kyle walks through Ramadi with the other SEALs, scanning for insurgents. He and Ryan Job are joking and laughing—Ryan is a funny guy, and always makes Kyle feel better.... (full context)
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In the end, Ryan is evacuated from Iraq with severe wounds. He survives with his life but loses his... (full context)
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The SEALs get a tipoff that the insurgents who fired on Ryan are hiding in a house nearby. They raid the house, but find no insurgents. While... (full context)
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...spends more time than usual reading the Bible. He continues to feel guilty for putting Ryan in danger. (full context)
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Despite missing seven men (Ryan, Marc, the soldier with a shrapnel injury, and the four soldiers who traveled back to... (full context)
Chapter 14: Home and Out
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Kyle remains in the U.S., and keeps in touch with Ryan, who’s lost both of his eyes. Kyle is amazed and inspired by Ryan’s sense of... (full context)
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In 2010, Kyle learns that Ryan and his wife are expecting a child. However, Ryan has to go back to the... (full context)
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Kyle writes about Marc Lee, the SEAL who died shortly after Ryan was shot in Iraq. Lee was an incredibly optimistic person. After his death, his mother,... (full context)