Benny R. Benton enlisted in July 2, 1990 and underwent recruit training at Marine Corps recruit depot, San Diego CA. Following recruit training, he transferred to the school of infantry for Marine combat training (MCT) at Camp Pendleton, CA, with follow on training to Marine Corps combat service support school (MCCSSS) Camp Johnson, North Carolina. In April 1991, upon Completion of training, he was ordered to 9th Motor transport battalion in Okinawa, Japan.
In June 1992, Lance Corporal Benton reported to 2nd Fleet service support group (FSSG) Camp Lejuene NC, was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal. In June 1994, he re-enlisted and transferred to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, 3rd FSSG, Okinawa, Japan. In Japan Corporal Benton was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and served in the billets of section chief and platoon Sergeant. In June 1995, he transferred to Inspector–Instructor staff, 4th ANGLICO, West Palm Beach, FL. He deployed with 3rd Platoon in support of MARCOT 97 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In June 1999, SSgt Benton transferred to Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Johnson, NC as an instructor.
In January 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, and in August 2003 Gunnery Sergeant Benton transferred to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines Camp Lejeune, NC, where he served in the billets of a motor transport chief and motor transport officer. In March 2004 deployed to Haiti, and In January 2005 deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served as a platoon commander. In October 2005 GySgt Benton transferred to the School of Infantry East (SOI) at Camp Geiger, NC. GySgt Benton was promoted to 1stSgt on February 2007, and transferred to inspector-instructor staff, North Little Rock, AR where he served as I&I 1stSgt, and Company 1stSgt for India Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines. In May 2010, 1stSgt Benton transferred to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in Camp Pendleton, CA where he served as the Weapons company First Sergeant, and deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. SgtMaj Benton was promoted to his current rank and transferred in April of 2012 to Recruiting Station Lansing, Michigan as the Recruiting Station SgtMaj and in July 2015 relinquished his post.
In September 2015, Sergeant Major Benton assumed his current duties as the School Of Infantry (West) Sergeant Major.
SgtMaj Benton’s personal decorations include the Purple Heart medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal, meritorious outstanding volunteer service medal, and the combat action ribbon.