In todays Salisbury Journal there is the following story; Iraq medal parade turns into 'a farce' A row has broken out over the presentation of Iraq campaign medals to soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment, based at Tidworth. The Bn returned from Iraq in October and, after a special medals parade last Friday, to which, unusually, neither the media nor the army's own press officers were invited, parents complained that medals had been presented only to some soldiers and later had to be handed back. A father said "The whole thing was a farce, the army knew months ago that my son and his mates were due to be given their medals. They must be a bunch of bloody idiots if they can't make sure that they are ready on time." An army spokesman at Bulford said that the new CO Lt Col T** S******** had decided that the parade would be a private event. Each soldier entitled to a medal was presented with one, and - as normal - these were handed back again when the soldiers handed in their weapons afterwards. Nice one Centurion! Sounds to me like a case of shocking communication.