This "Rescue Vehicle" is owned and used by the University of Florida Police Department for high risk, dangerous situations on campus. Often associated with Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) units, these armored vehicles are usually acquired through military surplus donations post-war and Deptartment of Homeland Security grants.
Militarization through imitation
The above image is a photo of myself during an airsoft game in 2012. Enthusiasts of Airsoft typically create near exact imitations of real military units and soldiers through the use of replica weapons and tactical gear.
Military presence in our community
This United States Army combat uniform jacket belongs to a University of Florida Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) student. This student will be entering the Army in Spring 2017 as a Field Infantry Officer. Students in the ROTC program can be seen walking around campus and training on public sports fields around campus. The ROTC programs on college campuses provide a public, normalized image of military officer trainees who are also everyday college students.