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The head the British Army says the service is getting stronger because it has significantly cut down its number of generals, the Times reports. 

General Sir Nick Carter said that the total number of brigadiers and generals had been reduced by nearly 40 per cent, from 141 to 85, over the past five years.

He reportedly made the remarks in response to claims that the British Army was too top-heavy.

The Army chief also said that over the same period, the proportion of generals to troops had changed to about 1 to 2,400.

The number of two-star headquarters staff has also apparently fallen from nine to five, according to General Carter.

The Chief of the General Staff made the comments in a letter to the Times, which read:

"I entirely support the sentiment that armed forces must focus on talent.

"Maximising talent has been the guiding principle for the British Army as it strives to become a modern employer that provides opportunity for anyone with talent regardless of background."

He added:

"The present nature of warfare places a premium on the quality of junior leadership.

"It follows that the armed forces must achieve the right numeric balance between senior and junior leadership — not least to create the most propitious conditions for the latter to succeed.”

The MOD is reportedly braced for a series of cutbacks across all branches of the armed forces in a security review scheduled for early next year.

Tobias Ellwood, minister for defence people and veterans and a member of the army reserve, has threatened to resign if the army is cut back further than 82,000.