Marcus spent much of his childhood outdoors, hunting and backpacking in the woods and fishing in lakes around his home in Ontario. Growing up in an area surrounded by wilderness provided Marcus with ample opportunity to grow to his surroundings and live a healthy and active life throughout his childhood and into his teenage years. Marc spent a lot of time with his father, a former police officer that retired after being wounded in the line of duty. His father instilled in him a sense of service and Marc quickly found an interest in the military. His parents were reticent at first, but Marcus made it clear that he wanted to serve like his father. He enlisted in 2005 and joined the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia Light Infantry Regiment.
Anderson deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, completing his tour of duty with the 1st Battalion before returning home to Canada and later completing mountain operations training. Upon completion of the training, Marc was reassigned to 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia Light Infantry Regiment. In 3rd Batt, Marc would continue specialized training for two years. Completing airborne training in 2009, he decided to apply for reassignment to CANSOFCOM. Marc’s request was approved and he began selection and assessment for JTF-2. The instructors and cadre in the program were impressed by Anderson’s performance, though would not reveal that to him. They approved him for training and Marc went on to complete the 7-month JTF-2 training program before being assigned to a unit within the Task Force.
Marcus continued with JTF-2 for the next 8 years, deploying three times to Afghanistan and twice to Takistan. On his second tour in Takistan, Anderson was in Kirovograd preparing for a cross-border joint operation with the CDF when the virus hit. NATO-CFOR, the multinational presence in Chernarus during this time, retasked Marc and his unit to South Zagoria to assist in containing the virus. On his way to the region, his unit hit a massive horde of infected. Marcus barely escaped with his life. His vehicle disabled and his team scattered, he wandered on foot toward South Zagoria, recalling his childhood in the Ontarian forests, until making contact with NATO forces.