Jim Pickett was born in Austin, Texas in 1951. From a young age he had a keen interest in guns and frequently practiced shooting at a local firing range. He eagerly awaited the day he was finished school so he could join the United States Army. He trained every day in order to make sure he was in peak condition to join the army. The day finally came and he passed his medical exam with flying colors and was sent off to bootcamp. Here he put his already experienced shooting skills to use and quickly impressed the higher ups with his use of weaponry. In 1969 he departed for Vietnam to help his country fight the war. There he experienced violent close quarters combat with the Vietcong, he never felt a rush like it. Years of training couldn't of prepared him for what he was witnessing. He fought heroically and was awarded the purple heart when he was shot 17 times by Vietcong forces while defending a medical evac chopper. Because of this he was sent home from the war to heal up. When he was fully healed he returned to the army to help train new recruits.
Years later when he was an old man Jim Pickett joined a retirement home. The Open Arms Retirement Home was a retirement village located in Austin, Texas. They cared for numerous elderly people while still allowing them to live as much of a normal life as possible. Every year during the summer the retirement home would organize a trip for the seniors. It was usually just a weekend journey to a neighboring city but this year they would be going on a trip across southern Europe. This was very exciting for all the old timers, most of them had never even been to outside of the United States. While on this trip Jim and his group were stranded in Chernarus when the infection hit and he and his fellow old timers were left to fend for themselves.