* Aussie submariner caught on video
* Drunk and restrained by US guards
* "Wasn't even midday" - whistleblower
AN Aussie submariner who got so drunk on a US naval base he was rushed to hospital dodged disciplinary action and was promoted.
Shocking footage shows the man being restrained by US guards in the latest embarrassing scandal that has prompted a vow by the Federal Government to stamp out alcohol abuse in the Australian Defence Force.
The sailor was half-naked, sprawled on the grass and initially unconscious after a marathon bender.
The startling video comes to light just weeks after alcohol was suspected of contributing to a horror crash that killed two Victorian navy recruits.
Footage of the incident is revealed for the first time as Defence chiefs grapple with a series of sex scandals and work on a radical new strategy to manage alcohol abuse.
The leading seaman is shown apparently unconscious in a park area while HMAS Waller was docked at Pearl Harbour naval base in Hawaii in 2008.
Police, ambulance and even fire officers from the famous US port are called to help the man who was allegedly found with another colleague, slumped on the ground.
He is seen scuffling with emergency staff as they try to put him on a stretcher.
A whistleblower who saw the saga unfold said it was deeply embarrassing for Aussie forces in Pearl Harbour as part of a major international exercise.
"This guy was a leading seaman, somebody with sailors under his command, who drank excessively and egged others on to do the same," he said.
"It wasn't even midday and he was the second Australian to be taken to hospital by Pearl Harbour emergency services for intoxication that day."
The incident reportedly led to strict new drinking rules.
Comments posted with the video when it was uploaded online pose further questions over the naval man's role.
"Still can't believe they promoted you after this kind of stunt, setting such a high standard," said one post.
The incident reportedly prompted a "please explain" from the head of the Australian fleet.
A spokeswoman for acting Defence Minister Jason Clare confirmed the incident.
"The Government has made it clear and Defence has made it clear that the highest standards are expected from ADF personnel, whether they are serving at home or overseas," the spokeswoman said.
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