Purpose: The aim of this study is to reveal the relationship between the ACE I/D gene polymorphism
in response to 3000 m running performance (both equipped and equipment-free), and the compatibility of
considering the ACE gene variables as a criterion in the selection of operational duties.
Methods: The study group consisted of 103 non-elite Turkish army recruits. All subjects were measured for 3000 m running performance both equipped and equipment-free. Homogenous working conditions were established by providing the same type of feeding, resting and loading parameters for the subjects in the boot camp. ACE gene polymorphisms were examined by PCR method.
Results: According to the results of our study, while the best performance between fully equipment running performance and equipment-free running performance was observed in the subject with DD, ID and II genotype respectively. We observed that individuals with ACE DD genotype seems to be more advantageous than the ID and II genotypes in response to the fully equipped and equipment-free 3000 m running performance (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: The findings in this study may be utilized for further assessments in evaluating the operational planning with regard to personnel allocation to specific tasks requiring certain level of metabolic and physical characteristics.