Having taken the Queen's Shilling and then being forced to earn it over more than twenty years, I know just how useless the media is at presenting really faithful accounts of service life and conditions. It's hard to do anyway. Either it is quite routine (aka boring), rush and wait with false alarms or total chaos interspersed with a fair degree of disorienting panic.
Because of this, I've not been too confused by the lack of convergence in tales from Iraq as related in the media and as told by many of the military bloggers. There are some exceptions though but mainly unsponsored. I have found quite a fair report on a military-inspired initiative to correct the inbalance. Makes good reading and it seems a shame that, by it's very nature, it is unlikely to get widespread coverage.