Army staff cuts 'will be balanced'
An army chief insists the "right balance of experience" will be maintained in the Army despite nearly 1,000 officers volunteering for redundancy.
Army bosses had asked for 500 servicemen take voluntary redundancy, but have received more than 900 applications, according to figures obtained by the Daily Telegraph.
This includes 52 colonels, although only 25 had been expected to offer to leave.
There are also six brigadiers and 48 majors, with an average of 16 years' experience each, who say they are willing to go.
Brigadier Richard Nugee, Head of Army Manning, said: "The Army will select a mixture of personnel for redundancy that preserves, across all cap badges, ranks and trades, the right balance of experience, skill and potential to ensure the Army is able to maintain its operational commitments and to continue its outstanding service in the future."
A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman refused to confirm the figures.
The defence budget is set to fall by 8% over the next four years. The MoD is to cut its civilian personnel by 25,000 by 2015 and Army numbers will be reduced by 7,000 to 95,500.
A report is due to be published next month on how more personnel and equipment programmes could be axed.