I assume this thread has died, but I wanted to add that I am having some issues with the FAA and a class III renewal. I called a USPA board member for information on how to go forward and was informed that a DOT commercial drivers medical should suffice by manufacturers standards and may in fact be picked up by the USPA after February's meeting.
Let's be honest, yes there are some TI's that run a very tight ship well within honest FAA regulations, but I personally know TI's that party hard(way out of wack with FAA) and yet they work hard, and they are some of the best, safest TI's I've ever met. The FAA class III medical does not take into consideration well run DZ's with instructors that can draw a line between work and fun.
For those of you that want to get all self righteous with me now, go and turn off the beer light first.