Not a lot of guys know that I was actually a member of that All-Pro team for one semester, the second semester of my doolie year. Despite having a perfect straight-A academic performance, I was placed on Academic Probation for failing the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). As I remember it, the minimum number as a doolie was only two, but I've never been good on upper body strength. That was the only element of the PFT that hampered me. It was a struggle all four years – Don Snelgrove helped me the first year, and John Ladieu helped me work my way up to seven pull-ups for the last year.
Now about the Conduct and Aptitude probation . . . Being typically lonely cadets the first year, Don Snelgrove and I visited the Baptist Student Union late in the first semester. There we each met young ladies (go figure) from the Beth-El School of Nursing. We had one overnight privilege for the first semester as doolies, and ours was about to expire. Don used his to visit relatives in Denver, but I and three others (won't give you their names – but their initials are Tony Toich, Bruce Hopkin, and Rick Townsend) attended an all-night party at a hotel room in Colorado Springs the week before finals. No sex (honestly) and ALMOST no drinking (also honestly). Thanks to a generous upperclassman (who sadly was punished for his gesture), we had one fifth of liquor for the evening. Again honestly, there was 90% of the bottle left at the end of the party, and instead of throwing it out (smart idea) we allowed the girls to take it back to their dorm (bad idea). They got caught with it, and almost got kicked out of Beth-El. One father (retired CMSGT) marched up to the Academy gates demanding our heads-on-a-platter. Our chins-in, backs-to-the-wall interrogation during Finals Week was conducted by Lt Col Michael J. Dugan, 4th Group AOC, who later set the record for shortest tour as Air Force Chief of Staff. The net result: a Commandant's Disciplinary Board, “40-and-40”, and a semester on both the Conduct and Aptitude probation lists.