Talon Smith is a U.S. Navy Corpsman 1st Reconnaissance Bn, stationed in Camp Pendleton. He wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon but his goals changed after the 9/11 terrorist attack. He decided to become an officer instead and attended the VMI (Virginia Military Institute) Football camp. At the same time, he also participated in the Model and Talent Expo by Mike Beaty in Orlando, Florida where he won Top Teen Male Model among other awards. He then pursued a career in show business, landing roles in Ghost Whisperer, Friday Night Lights, and Fabulous. In 2007, he enlisted in the United States Navy and has since been deployed twice with an elite Marine Recon Unit. In 2012, Smith joined the cast of the NBC reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes as an operative.