It is 2035, ten years after the Battle of the Breach, in which the inter-dimensional portal created by the Precursors (through which they sent marauding Kaiju) was closed. Former Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost - son of Battle of the Breach hero Stacker Pentecost - makes a living by stealing and selling Jaeger parts on the black market in the Los Angeles area. After he tracks part of a disabled Jaeger's power core to the secret workshop of fifteen year-old Jaeger enthusiast Amara Namani, both are arrested by the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) after an altercation between Amara's small, single-pilot Jaeger Scrapper and the Police Jaeger November Ajax. A holographic transmission of Jake's adoptive sister and PPDC Secretary General Mako Mori persuades him to return to PPDC as an instructor, with Amara as his recruit..
The rank worn by the cadets is US Army Warrant Officer rank. See more »
Jake Pentecost says in a pep talk that when he was a kid, he "jumped into a Jaeger". a character asks how far he got, and he finally answers "a few steps". It is impossible that he got into the Jaeger at all, as they require an entire team to start them, not to mention that he would need to be wearing a special suit with the modifications installed by another team. Without this suit he would not have been able to connect to the Jaeger at all. See more »