No, these are not people in costume.
A short time ago I was vacationing in Honolulu. For whatever reason there were a lot of military in Waikiki dressed in fatigues but obviously not on duty — they were having fun like any tourist. The shock for me was how obese and out of shape many of these military personnel, both male and female, were.
Watching news videos of cops in action reveals the same thing: grotesquely fat cops physically incapable of chasing suspects on foot giving up after running a few yards, and in some cases, resorting to shooting at them with guns instead.
It is twisted beyond all explanation that there is no physical fitness requirement for those who we the public employ and expect to act as first responders to public threats. The flowering of so-called political correctness and the internet screaming and wailing about so-called “fat shaming” are part and parcel, if not the very embodiment of this dangerous new policy of the lack of even the most basic physical fitness requirement for highly physical occupations.
As citizens and taxpayers we have every right to expect that these “elite” forces look the part and are physically capable of performing at a high level.