Carlys Lemler was born in Mesa, Arizona and now resides at West Point, New York. She attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 2001. Carlys studied Environmental Engineering and American Legal Studies. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army.
She later went on to earn a Masters of Science in Administration in Human Resources from Central Michigan University, and graduated from Rutgers Law School - Newark with her Juris Doctorate (JD).