April 25th 2014


In March 2014 Warrant Officer Steve Warner of 7010 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, was presented with a delicious cake to celebrate the momentous feat of reaching 40 years’ unbroken service in the light blue uniform of the RAF.

WO Steve Warner said: “The last 40 years have flown by and I have enjoyed every minute of my time in the RAF and the RAuxAF.  I would thoroughly recommend careers in both organisations.  It has been particularly rewarding to remain part of the RAF team after leaving its full-time employment, and to continue to contribute the skills, experience and ethos I learnt as a regular Serviceman.”

7010 Squadron retains two major objectives: Firstly, it generates part-time volunteer reserve (PTVR) Imagery Analysts for operational mobilisation (“call up”) to augment regular service personnel anywhere in the world.  Secondly it routinely provides operational output by conducting live imagery analysis tasks at training weekends.  It is an almost unique feature of 7010 Squadron’s role that they retain their skills through operational taskings rather than by conducting exercises and classroom work.

The Squadron recruits its part-time volunteers from all over the UK.  It has members who live in Scotland, Kent and the West Country.  The age window for entry is 18 to 50, or higher with previous military service.  No prior training is necessary, but good basic computing skills and an aptitude for imagery intelligence work are essential.  The latter is tested via a series of aptitude tests during the application process.

If you are interested in joining 7010 Squadron as an Imagery Analyst contact Mrs Ros King at HQ Intelligence Reserves, RAF Waddington on 01522 726291 or email