During the Shadow War, Findell lost two family members who were part of the Anla'Shok. Feeling it was his duty then to join the Anla'Shok, he became a trainee. He started his training aboard White Star 27 commanded by Ranger captain Enrique Montoya. He was confident, though had some trouble understanding the Human ways.
When Lennier arrived on the ship, Findell communicated his frustrations to him, sticking to the stricter Minbari traditions. Lennier offered to help understand, but Findell was not interested. On their first training exercise together, Findell and Lennier were sent out in two Minbari fighters on the pretense that they were to investigate something. After leaving, however, they noticed that their air was low then the White Star jumped into hyperspace, leaving them stranded. To conserve air, Lennier suggested that they enter a meditative state. Findell did not react well to this and he soon started to panic, then he broke away trying find air. Later, it was revealed that this was test to evaluate their response to such circumstances.
Then came their second training exercise in which they were to search out several small target modules in a sort of Easter egg hunt. Findell, realizing that there would be some competition involved and sensing that the captain believes he will fail, he became bitter and resentful. Just before they left, Lennier asked him why he joined the Rangers and Findell told him about his family. Lennier explained to him his flawed purpose for doing so but Findell brushed it to the side. He, Lennier and the rest of the Ranger trainees then set out on the hunt. During the hunt, Findell fell behind in the exercise and, realizing that his purpose was flawed and not wanting to return home in shame, tried to commit suicide by crashing his fighter into an asteroid. Lennier stopped him by shooting his ship and ramming it out of harm's way. To keep the captain from discovering what he was trying to do to himself, Lennier took the blame for damaging his fighter for another reason. Lennier is slightly penalised but Captain Montoya gave Findell a new assignment. He will work as a recruitment officer in Tuzanor helping debrief new recruits, determining whether they truly what to join the Rangers. Insinuating that the captain not only knew his purpose was not clear in life, but also that he knew what happened during the Easter egg hunt.