I did bronze DOFE and loved it. It was pouring down and my team had to cross fields of protective cows with their calves, walk around in circles for km lost, get chased by a farmer’s guard dog, roll down steep hills to get to the road. It was hilarious but also taught me so many life skills. I would have done it for silver DofE but I was kind of bullied in the later years of secondary school and none of the friends I had were interested. I’ve taken the initiative to be a lot more outgoing and already made lots of friends online that are going to the same college so hopefully will be able to get a good group if i do gold. I think DofE also teaches you teamwork and how to encourage and motivate others. Is it similar in some aspects to rucking in the military?Of course, no where near as physically and mentally demanding but if some aspects are similar it is good i had an initial experience.Only you can determine the best body weight for you. the only way to get used to carrying weight is to get out there and carry weight. Get yourself a decent bergan and boots and get out the hills. It may be worth taking up the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. If you can make map reading, navigation and ground appreciation second nature it will stand you in good stead.