After creating a feature class, it would be convenient to go back after data input, and make changes to the field ordering (position).
I also support this Idea - but as a working solution I use the FieldMappings() function in ArcPy to rearrange my fields in a copied feature class.
Here's the link to the script. Feel free to send me a message if you're having trouble getting the script to run.
Just change the following values to fit your setup - then you can adjust the field names and values accordingly.
If I have to re-order fields, I use X-Ray for ArcCatalog.
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This is one of several main reasons why I only use Personal Geodatabase for ArcGIS. I open the database in MS Access and re-order the fields there.
I use the Table Restructure Tool in the XTools Pro extension to accomplish table reordering and other schema updates. Not to excuse Esri from including this functionality in the base ArcGIS product but they do create an opportunity for third party developers to make a living.
Didn't we have the ability to reorder fields in ArcCatalog back in the 9.# days
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