Originally Posted by MP0WER
Overthrowing the government doesn't mean you have to defeat the armed services. You just have to oust the people in control.
While that is technically true, wouldn't the armed services be under control of those in power while also protecting them? If it were a case of the entire population against the government, then as stated before there would probably be many in the armed services on the side of the people. In the example of a smaller group starting a revolt to overthrow the government, I imagine they would have to get through the armed services first in order to oust those in control.