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The remainder of his career was spent in non-operational positions, as Commandant of Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy and as an official in the Air Force Inspector General's Office.His inability to rise higher as a general officer is attributed to both his maverick views and his penchant for drinking.As a plebe, Olds played football on a freshman squad that began the season with three losses but finished 3–4–1 while the varsity won only one game in its second consecutive losing season. At 6 foot 2 inches in height (1.88m) and weighing 205 pounds (92 kg), he played tackle on both offense and defense, lettering both seasons.Army's record in 1941 was 5–3–1, with wins over The Citadel, VMI, Yale, Columbia, and West Virginia, a scoreless tie with Notre Dame, and losses to Harvard, Penn and Navy.

Cadets applying to the Air Corps were classified as Air Cadets, with a modified curriculum that provided flying training but eliminated Military Topography and Graphics required for Ground Cadets.

Instead of entering college after graduating in 1939, Olds enrolled at Millard Preparatory School in Washington, D.

C., a school established to prepare men for the entrance examinations to the military academies.

This training ended a year later by Christmas 1942. Eichelberger, replaced the head coach (an Army officer) with Earl "Red" Blaik, a 1920 graduate and head coach at Dartmouth, who had recruited Olds in 1939.

Olds returned to West Point, hoping to graduate early and see action in the war. Olds played on the varsity college football team in both 19.

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