Elliot Salem's transition from being a small time teenage "gangsta" to a battle hardened warrior was made easy by the Louisiana State Penal System. Choosing to serve his country rather than his fellow inmates, Elliot joined the US Army Rangers. While you can take Elliot out of the hood, you can't quite take the hood out of Elliot, being a master hustler, panhandler, spendthrift, gambler, and a thief back in his gangbanging days. His shady background shows through as he is quick to accept morally questionable missions with the promise of a big payout, or take risks that other soldiers would consider too dangerous. Fortunately for him, Rios is always there to help steer him right and make him think before he acts.