It would be a great time saver to be able to select additional output fields.
Additionally a thumbs up for:
Hi Jerry Chase. I wanted to make sure that you were aware of Near tool: choose distance units. You should vote for that Idea if you haven't already done so.
Also, Near tool for matching pairs is an Idea about matching pairs (but also check out this tool http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=80ee1803656745549d9dfdb84c51191a )
For the rest of the original Idea, could you please provide more description on the functionality you're looking for so that the user community can determine if they need the same and up vote? See Submitting a New Idea
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