In a democracy the military services are invariably legally subject to civilian control, and it is generally agreed that this is as it should be. Agreement is not so general on how to make civilian control most effective. In the United States much of the current criticism of the military services alleges that, at least in recent years, they have not been subject to effective control.
Barber, James A. Jr
"Britain and France: The Officers Corps and Civil-Military Relations,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 22
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol22/iss10/4