Service Rifle Team

Staff Sergeant Benjamin Lee Cleland

Staff Sergeant Cleland was born in Swanton, Ohio on January 30th 1993. He enlisted into the Army as an 11B when he was 21 years old. He graduated OSUT at Fort Benning, GA.

Cleland was recruited for the USAMU Service Rifle Team as a shooter/instructor due to his previous shooting experience. His achievements include, winning 2 Interservice Rifle Championships (2018,2019), Interservice Long range championship, NRA Highpower National Championship, setting the National 60 shot standing record and the overall match record in the process. He was the first person to shoot a perfect score of 800 with a Service Rifle, a feat that has yet to be meet by anyone else. Winner of the Daniel Boone Trophy, Pershing Trophy, Rattlesnake trophy, two Oliver Hazard Perry Trophy’s, and the Porter Trophy during the National Championships. He has been selected as a firing member of numerous winning team matches, including record setting Interservice Championship teams, Interservice Infantry Trophy teams, Match Rifle 1000 yard teams, Service Rifle 1000 Yard Teams, Enlisted Men’s trophy teams, and the Herrick Trophy team match’s.

He also holds four current Interservice Championship Individual records, 3 NRA Nationial championship individual records, the Rattlesnake Trophy record for the National Team trophy match, the Oliver Hazard Perry match record, and was a firing member contributing to multiple Team records. Cleland is also a dedicated marksmanship instructor helping to train over 6600 soldiers and civilians in rifle marksmanship.         

He has completed Infantry OSUT training (Ft Benning, GA 2014), Combat Life Saver (Ft Benning, GA 2014), Master Marksmanship Training Course (Ft Benning, GA 2015) Basic Leaders Course (Ft Benning, GA 2016) Advance Leaders Course (Ft Benning 2019).

Cleland’s awards include National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, four Army Achievement Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon’s, two Army Commendation Medal’s, Distinguished Rifleman Badge, and Presidents 100 award.