Gridlock - Pilot
Diana Lunari, of the Outworld Alliance, grew up in the shadow of the Praxton fusion engine factories where her single mother scraped out a living. In primary school, she learned a number of safety routines, but the only ones that really mattered were the Fusion Accident drill and the Raiders drill. In her teens, she spent time developing an improved drill so that kids would have a better chance of surviving either eventuality, but nobody wanted to change what hadn't yet failed and all she accomplished was losing her chance at a scholarship. So, as soon as she could she enlisted.
In the Alliance Grenadiers, she kept her head down for a while, pushing herself to be the toughest of the tough while learning all the protocols of her regiment. After a few years she once again felt like she'd identified some easily repairable flaws in the military machine, and cautiously, to a trusted superior, she made some suggestions. Once again, her suggestions were rejected, but this time she was transferred to the unnumbered 'shadow battalion' of the Grenadiers, where her superior promised her analysis skills would be appreciated. They were. She spent five satisfying years developing strategies for dealing with the ever-evolving pirate threat to Praxton, until internal politics she hadn't anticipated dissolved the shadow battalion and discharged most of its staff.
Since then, she's been a wanderer. At first, she lived as a tourist, getting to know more of the Periphery, but eventually, as funds ran out and her contacts dried up, she found herself signing onto a mercenary company as a MechWarrior. It isn't a career, but as she learns more about mercenary companies, she's realized that perhaps it's a stepping stone to one.
Can be found as a random starting pilot or in hiring halls.