Andrej Novak was born in Belozersk during the fall of 1979 to Alekzandar Novak, a then Soviet police officer, and Viktoria Novak a mill worker in the later stages of the Soviet Union. Deciding against working in a factory for the majority of his life, he took an early interest in his father's line of work, and vigorously studied policing and law within the Soviet Union well into middle school, going as far as to tune into the dispatcher's channel on their home radio for entertainment. Then, in 1991 the Soviet Union finally collapsed and Chernarus claimed proper independence for the first time since 1922, thus opening a new opportunities for Andrej.
Instead of attending the local high school, Andrej studied at a technical school and earned his general education diploma in the spring of 1997. Within a month of his graduation, he was enrolled in a four year university to avoid conscription where he majored in Criminal Justice with the intent to tread in his father's' footsteps and serve his country and city as a police officer. During his third year of studies, his father grew ill and later succumbed to pancreatic cancer, thus straining his family financially and jeopardizing his college career. To compensate, he began to work at the local police station as a janitor, learning and befriending many NCOs and Officers within the force in hopes to both make an impact and juice up his pending resume, which didn't take him long to submit and eventually get accepted post graduation.
He would go on to serve as a Private in the North Trikani Oblast at the age of 21 in 2000. He was promoted quickly through the junior NCO ranks, and found himself in a position of command as a Praporshchik by the age of 27 in 2006, which is relatively good for someone in his career length. During the initial stages of the Chernarussian Civil War in 2009, he had yet another opportunity for career advancement by being requested to apply for the OREL, or the riot and special tactics unit within the Belozersk police department. His new assignments put him directly in the front lines of the streets, where he would serve a fierce campaign in protecting government buildings, quelling any riots or attacks as they sprung up and servicing warrants to high valued pro-Chedaki sympathizers and militiamen. Unfortunately, during the height of the Civil War, Major Zalek Krazostov of the South Zagoria Oblast in Chernarus was killed when a car bomb went off outside of the police station, vacating a valuable spot when it was needed the most. By the end of the week, he had accepted the position which was extended specifically to him and was en-route to Chernogorsk, to serve as a brevet-Major, or the senior supervising staff member, of the South Zagoria Oblast.
He would continue to hold the rank of Major up until the outbreak of the infection in Chernarus, where he was given the opportunity to join the elite OREL unit "Kanec" at the expense of him starting over from the rank of Private. Initially reluctant, Andrej overcame his pride and choose to be in one of the most prestigious OREL units.