A TRUSTEE of the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) Association has appeared in a major new ‘immersive living history’ series on BBC.
Former Brigadier Nicky Moffat was asked by the producers of Secret Agent Selection WW2 to play the role of one of the conducting officers responsible for selecting and training the agents who were sent behind enemy lines to disrupt the German military machine in Nazi-controlled Europe.
Nicky explained: “The programme recreates the Special Operations Executive (SOE) assessment and training process. My job, alongside fellow assessors and trainers, is to bring the SOE syllabus to life and test 14 new recruits – men and women – against its challenging mental, physical and psychological criteria.
“We test them to their limits, to see if and how they rise to the challenge.”
Nicky is a life vice president of the WRAC Association, a charity which supports women who served, past and present, and she is keen to attract new members and raise awareness of the assistance it offers.
She said: “As the series shows, camaraderie – the strong bonds formed between the recruits as they are placed under stressful and challenging situations – helps get them through the process.
“I know how important that type of support is – not just whilst serving, but through life and that’s exactly where the WRAC Association comes in. I hope that the series will prompt women who served in the Army to get in touch, to find out how we can bring connection and support.”
“Our members are of all ages and generations. Many also have caring responsibilities, as mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, daughters and sisters, so they value the support of fellow members on whom they can count, be that to arrange the next get-together or outing, to provide some respite from the day to day routine, or to reminisce about their military experiences over a cup of tea.
“Most of our regional branches meet regularly, with the emphasis on laughter and good times.
“We also have a Benevolence Fund, through which we provide grants to women who have served – if and when they need financial help. Grants might help pay for a new washing machine or boiler, or for some top-up nursing care.
“Often, small amounts can make a big difference. We want women who’ve served to know that, in the WRAC Association, and if times are tough, there’s always somewhere to turn.”
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the Association’s support, visit wracassociation.org.uk