Joe had grown up in South Auckland where he had been exposed to gangs and violence from an early age. Despite this his parents had done their best to keep him out of trouble and instill the importance of honesty and hard work and did their best to provide for him. As he grew older Joe saw many of his friends pulled into gangs through their own family members andfriends where they began to get in trouble with the law. Joe instead focused his efforts on Rugby to stay out of trouble and also as an excuse to not go with his friends when he suspected they wee going to commit a crime as his friends respected his love for Rugby and supported him playing.
Towards the end of High School while walking back from Rugby practice he stopped in to the local mall and walked past an army recruitment booth. The Recruitment officer noticed his sports equipment and struck up a conversation with Joe about the Local Teams upcoming Game. As he talked more with the recruitment officer he began to learn more about the Army and was intersted in the lifestayle and talks of how the Officer had been able to travel around the world. These thoughts stayed with Joe and he enlisted the day after he finshed High School.
Joe passed his Basic Training with flying colours, eventually joining the Signals Corp. Two detachments from his Platoon were then sent to train with other United Nations Forces and were then deployed with the United Nations into Chernarus.