MEPs does NOT test for steroids. So from the time he hits MEPs till his ship date, he'll need to get off 100% and be back to being natural. Even though it's the army, there is some PT I assume, in between eating ice cream and walking around with their hands in their pockets, nasty.
Once he gets out of bootcamp, MOS school, hits his duty station, he can think about getting back on gear. Plenty of guys use gear in the military. Especially now since it's damn near peace time, and deployments are few and far between; depending on MOS.
Yeah I did some extensive research on this and you are totally right. The only time you'll ever get tested is if someone throws you under the bus. Same with police and fire. I don't know if I'd want to be post pct in boot camp though. I'd give myself a little time to get back to normal.
From what i heard for a couple unlucky souls who got dimed out in past to warrant such response it needs to get pretty high up the chain of command too for a tesing order to actually come down..Was in for 22 years and took roids on and off my whole career. I was never busted on a regular piss test. As someone said, they need reasonable suspicion before they can test you for steroids. And it is too expensive to just test people unless they are pretty sure your on it.