The Supreme Military Council of Turkey has ordered the retirement of generals and admirals currently held on charges of plotting a coup against the government.
The Turkish army issued a statement on Saturday, saying 55 generals and admirals are required to retire due to a lack of vacancies in their positions and one admiral due to age limit as of September 1.
Turkish media outlets said 37 out of the group of 55 generals and admirals are in detention over allegations of plots to topple the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On August 1, the Supreme Military Council began its annual meeting to discuss promotions and dismissals within the Turkish army.
The decisions of the council were made public on Saturday after the approval of President Abdullah Gul.
Several senior retired and active duty officers and a group of other suspects are also being tried over the same allegations.
The Turkish army overthrew three administrations in 1960, 1971 and 1980.