1: Val joined the navy because she wanted to be a naval aviator. Which she got to do, but was not very good at it and wasn't ever going to get promoted.
2: CIG9 offered her a gig and she jumped at it for a couple of reasons.
- She has a highly developed sense of duty.
- The stuff she was good at, there was little use for in the Navy, but a lot of use for in intelligence.
- It's fucking cool. She is Jane Bond.
- She's moderately patriotic. She believes the corporations are dangerous and should be under civil authority. So the opportunity to keep them in check sounded good to her.
It's important to note, CIG9 is basically the CIA + GSG9. Some people think they're super cool. Some people think they're super shady. Some people think both things!
Because you're spending so much time with people who are anti-Hub (or at least, Pro Frontier) it seems like CIG9 are the bad-guys. But that's not how someone like Caira would see it. She'd see them as just another arm of the government.