John Coleman recently went through his contract that he had with the military. Back then he was not part of the special forces or anything of that nature. He was a basic recruit that went into the main military force. He picked up the basic skills on how to survive in the wilderness and how to use different military style and graded equipment. John was not in any way a special "snowflake." The reason John went into the military was due to his heritage even though both of his parents were immigrants from America, to follow his bloodline but to also make what money he could to send back to his family at home. John came back after signing off on his contract via a transit bus from his outpost. Coming back to the outbreak with his family missing entirely in the midst of the chaos. His WHOLE REASON to coming back to Chernarus was his family. Without them, he feels as if he has nothing. With nothing but what he could scrounge up and the clothes on his back, he sets out to find anyone who has survived this outbreak and perhaps any of his family members. John is not a hostile individual by nature. Using his knowledge of rhetoric and persuasion, he looks to the high-road when it comes to conflict while preparing a Plan-B if things do not turn out in his favor. John is a very cautious individual so trust is not easily gained.
John does not mind running alone when it comes to survival, however, after awhile any human mind will crave human interaction. It is basic in nature. The need to make bonds between another individual is there in every person we come across. John knows this and must overcome his cautious nature if he truly wishes to survive not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.
John is now wondering the wilderness, looking for a community to join. Until then, he wanders the wilderness, gathering supplies and assisting those who need it most when he comes across them in his journey. He will kill any infected individual without hesitation unless he knows of a better plan to exterminate the threat itself. Time has passed and in doing so, has gained him the nickname of one of the four legendary Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Death. Reason being is death will always make a choice regardless of the individual before it.